Dover, Las Vegas Recaps
Keselowski Beginning to Dominate
If winning five races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is how drivers are measuring their success these days, then Brad Keselowski definitely has a leg up on the competition. Keselowski, who is looking for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, won his fifth race of the season this past weekend, but more importantly, his second in three races in the Chase.
Keselowski played it smart, saving fuel and while the dominant driver of the day, Kyle Busch, had to pit late for fuel, Keselowski was able stay off of pit road for the final 79 laps and cross the finish line first.
Two-time Kansas Speedway winner Jeff Gordon finished second followed by Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards.
Keselowski took over the top spot in the standings and has a five point advantage over two-time Kansas Speedway winner Johnson. 2012 STP 400 winner Denny Hamlin maintains third place, followed by Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart.
Kasey Kahne is sixth followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Gordon, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth.
Despite winning two of the three Chase races so far and taking over the lead in the standings, Keselowski knows there is a lot of racing remaining in the 2012 season.
“It’s very tempting to get in a comfort zone of saying, ‘Such and such has control of this Chase,” said Keselowski. “But there’s a reason it’s 10 rounds. We’re not even halfway.”
However, the driver of the Blue Duece has without a doubt established himself as a serious Chase contender, and will have a chance to earn win number three in the Chase next weekend when the Sprint Cup series will be in Talladega, where in seven starts, Keselowski has won twice.
Logano Dominates Dover
Joey Logano dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Dover to earn his seventh win of the season.
Paul Menard finished second followed by Michael Annett, Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch.
Sadler leads the Nationwide Series points by nine points over defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon is third followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier.
Piquet Gambles on Final Lap to Beat Crafton
Nelson Piquet Jr. raced to his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the year Saturday night, with a daring move on the final lap to pass Matt Crafton at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Joey Coulter finished third, followed by Brendan Gaughan and Todd Bodine.
Rookie Ty Dillon has a one point advantage over 2012 SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway winner James Buescher, while Timothy Peters is third followed by Coulter and Parker Kligerman.
Tickets to the Hollywood Casino 400, the sixth race in the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, are on sale now by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Tickets to the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race are also on sale now. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring their own food and drink into the grandstands in a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler.