Brad Wins at Gateway...to Championship!
Brad Keselowski wins the 5- Hour Energy 250 mile race on Saturday at the Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. This makes a record 6th time the Roger Penske backed driver has visited Victory Lane this season and also gives him a total of 12 NASCAR victories.
There were only 10 laps remaining in the race with Keselowski sitting in second place behind his teammate Justin Allgaier. Then, Danica Patrick spun into the wall after getting bumped from behind by Steven Wallace. Thus bringing out the yellow flag and a caution period which gave all the drivers a choice to make. Either come in for fresh tires or stay out and keep their track position.
Keselowski came in and took on four new tires as did others but some opted for only two. Now, with only four laps remaining the green flag waved once again. Having restarted in 5th place he worked his way around Jason Leffler, Josh Wise and then Reed Sorenson for second. In turns one and two of the final lap he passed Mike Bliss for the lead and the win.
When asked how he did it, Keselowski replied" Once Mike got in the lead I thought he would be gone. Before that, I thought Justin was going to win the race. But when Mike got to Reed(the restart leader)and Reed pushed some, that helped me. You know, I knew this team would be special, but I didn't know it would be this good."
Now with a 485 point lead over closest competitor Carl Edwards and only three races to go it looks like NASCAR can go ahead and engrave Brad Keselowski's name into the Nationwide Series Championship trophy. And well deserved it will be for the driver of the #22 Dodge who has led the point standings for 24 consecutive weeks and has 26 top-10 finishes in only 32 starts.
Other notables of the race were Danica Patrick 22nd place finish. Brandon McReynolds making his debut finished 19th. Brandon is son of Larry McReynolds who won the Daytona 500 twice as a crew chief and serves now as a commentator at NASCAR events.
TOP TEN FINISHERS: 1.Brad Keselowski,2. Mike Bliss,3. Justin Allgaier,4. Jason Leffler,5. Carl Edwards,6. Reed Sorenson,7. Josh Wise,8. Brad Coleman,9. Paul Menard,10. Jeremy Clements
TOP FIVE POINTS LEADERS: 1. Brad Keselowski 5,144 2. Carl Edwards -485 3. Kyle Busch -705 4. Justin Allgaier -866 5. Paul Menard -1,077