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BK Wins at ‘Dega!

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Article first published as Keselowski Survives Dega Carnage to Win on Technorati.[/box]

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski won the Aaron’s 499 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway driving away from second place driver Kyle Busch.

It was the second trip to victory lane for BK this season, his second at Talladega  and the sixth of his short Sprint Cup Series career. Keselowki handed Dodge its first victory at Talladega since Dave Marcis sored a win in 1976.

Busch took second, followed by Matt KensethKasey Kahne and Greg Biffle rounding out the top-five. Clint BowyerDavid RaganTrevor BayneDale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton in 10th.

A succession of late race cautions drove the race six laps past its scheduled 188.

With 45 laps remaining the competitors were just starting out a set of green-flag pit stops wen a chain-reaction wreck in Turn 3 took out many contenders, including pole-sitter Jeff Gordon.

Aric Almirola and Dave Blaney made slight contact triggering the crash and ending the day for Martin TruexCarl Edwards and Juan Montoya, among others.

“It was like a wreck at a stoplight,” Edwards said. “Everybody started checking up and hitting each other.”

With Paul Menard leading the race went green on lap 151.  Hamlin, surged to the front, where he raced Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Kenseth was sent to the back of the field for pitting too soon under the Lap 143 caution, but wasted no time driving himself back into contention. He drove past Denny Hamlin on Lap 167 for the lead, with Keselowski and AJ Allmendinger following close behind.

Casey Mears cut a tire on lap 175 and brought out a caution setting up a restart with nine laps to go.

On lap 181, Kurt Busch spun into the inside wall at the entry to Turn 1 bringing out another caution. Kenseth led the field back to green on lap 185.

The green flag didn’t last long. As soon as the leaders crossed the start/finish line, Hamlin made a quick move to the inside; and Allmendinger adjusted and clipped the nose of Hamlin’s car taking out a few Dega hopefuls such as Kevin HarvickTony Stewart and Michael Waltrip.

NASCAR Sprint Cup returns to Darlinton Raceway for next Saturday night’s running of the Bojangle’s Southern 500, 6:30 pm EST on Fox.

Standings

BK KO’s Bristol

[box] Article first published as BK KO’s Bristol on Technorati.[/box]

BRISTOL, TENN. — Brad Keselowski was out to prove his win last August at the Tennessee half-mile was not a fluke.

Consider this back-to-back victory at the fastest short track on the planet proof enough the Penske driver is the real deal. BK drove the Miller Lite Dodge to his fifth Sprint Cup win in 93 starts.

He was followed closely to the finish line by second-place Matt Kenseth.

A great day for the Michael Waltrip Racing team as his drivers filled out the top five. Martin Truex Jr. took third, Clint Bowyer fourth and Brian Vickers, fifth. Today marked Vickers return to Sprint Cup since his Red Bull Racing deal fell apart last year.

Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard made up the top 10.

After BK’s Bristol win last August many people thought he took an unfair advantage of the timing lines coming out of his pit that allowed him better acceleration than other teams and that advantage was the root of his victory. NASCAR added two timing loops at each end to eliminate any advantage that might come from those pit positions.

Keselowski did not like hearing he won the race because of the timing line advantage. It has been under his skin ever since.

“I got on Twitter, and I got kind of PO’d at some people who said I won it because of the timing line,” Keselowski said after today’s win. “I knew this Blue Deuce was fast enough to win the race last fall with or without timing lines. It feels so good just to prove it here in the spring race.

“This car here, this brand-new car that Penske Racing built — everybody back at the shop did a phenomenal job. The last few races have been really good, and I knew we had a shot at winning one if we closed the deal. Matt didn’t make it easy.”

An early wreck wiped out several top cars, including Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose and Kyle Busch. Contact between Regan Smith and Kahne triggered a chain reaction in front of a pack of hard charging race cars. Kahne moved up on the word of his cousin/spotter who said he was clear when in fact he was not.

Racing next week moves on to Fontana, California, for the Auto Club 400, live on Fox at 2:30 PM, EST.

Kyle Busch Wins Shootout

[box] Article first published as Kyle Busch is Daytona Shootout Top Gun on Technorati.[/box]

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. — In the NASCAR season opener, Kyle Busch survived some almost crashes to eclipse defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart at the finish line. It was the closest finish in Bud Shootout history.

The M&M’s Toyota started the race at the back of the pack in a backup car. Busch got tangled up in the practice crash on Friday started when Stewart bumped Kurt Busch a half hour into the practice session.

Marcos Ambrose followed the front-runners to a solid third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin. Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards and Juan Montoya rounded out the top 10.

Stewart took the lead on lap 74 with one lap remaining when a melee developed in Turn Four that sent Jeff Gordon‘s No. 24 Chevrolet barrel-rolling through the turn sliding on its roof toward pit road.

Gordon had been following Kyle Busch on the backstretch when contact between the cars turned Busch onto the apron. For the second time tonight Busch made a spectacular save. Gordon ricocheted up the track and collected the Chevrolets of Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray.

As all three cars intersected the outside wall, Jimmie Johnson edgeded beneath the right rear bumper of Gordon’s car and flipped it over. The wreck sent the race to overtime.

“With Gordon behind me, I don’t know what the deal was there — I’d like to talk to him about it,” Busch said. “When we came off [Turn] 2, he had me sideways, and then all the way down the backstretch, I was still sideways — left, right, left, right, everywhere — then we were off into 3 and he turned me sideways again. He was on the left side of my bumper instead of the right.”

Sprint Cup qualifying for the Daytona 500 will be tomorrow, (Sunday 1:00 pm EST of Fox TV)