Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keselowski Scores In Bristol Truck Race

Keselowski (19) had them covered
Brad Keselowski is finally a winner on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
After finishing in the runner-up position no less than five times over the years, the former Sprint Cup Series champion finally claimed a Truck Series checkered flag, holding off a strong late run by Darrell Wallace, Jr., to win the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race was scheduled to run last night, before being postponed by heavy rain.
Keselowski’s win came in his 62nd career NCWTS start and made him the 25th driver to win at least one race in all three of NASCAR’s national series. He led three times for 119 laps, including the final 76 circuits, and joined with his father, Bob Keselowski as the only father/son tandem to win in the series. Bob Keselowski won at Richmond International Raceway in 1997.
“This is huge,” said Keselowski after the race. “I’ve been wanting to win in this series for a long time. My family has been a part of this series since its inception, and I feel like I have, too, either as a kid watching or now as a team owner and driver. I nearly went bankrupt in this series, trying to make it.
“It took a long time to get here and I’m thrilled. It’s great to win. This is a special day.”
Wallace finished second – his fourth Top-2 finish in the last seven races – followed by Ron Hornaday Jr., defending series champion Matt Crafton and point leader Johnny Sauter. John Hunter Nemechek, Joey Coulter, Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes and Corey Lajoie completed the Top-10. Pole sitter Kyle Busch finished 24th after suffering a cut right-rear tire on lap 177, and has now lost two consecutive Truck Series races after winning five in row over the last two seasons.
Only four cautions slowed the race, the fewest in Bristol Truck series history.
Fin           #              Driver
1                19             Brad Keselowski
2               54            Darrell Wallace Jr.
3                30             Ron Hornaday Jr.
4               88            Matt Crafton
5               98            Johnny Sauter
6               8               John Hunter Nemechek
7                21             Joey Coulter
8               00            Cole Custer
9               32             Ben Rhodes
10             92            Corey Lajoie
11             13             Jeb Burton
12             23             Max Gresham
13             29            Ryan Blaney
14             77             German Quiroga
15             75             Caleb Homan
16             63             Justin Jennings
17             9               Brennan Newberry
18             02            Tyler Young #
19             08            Jimmy Weller III #
20            33             Brandon Jones
21             31             Ben Kennedy #
22            35             Mason Mingus #
23             20            Gray Gaulding #
24            51             Kyle Busch
25            6               Norm Benning
26            17             Timothy Peters
27             10             Jennifer Jo Cobb
28            50            TJ Bell
29            05            John Wes Townley
30             25            Justin Boston
31             80            Jody Knowles
32             99            Bryan Silas
33             01             Jake Crum
34             07             BJ McLeod
35             36             Blake Koch
36             28            Bryan Dauzat

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