Willwerth: NASCAR Notebook
By Brian Willwerth
For the second week in a row, a NASCAR Sprint Cup race came down to fuel mileage.
This time it was Brad Keselowski taking the #2 car to victory lane for the first time this season, winning the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. He held off a late charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. for just his second career win in the Cup series.
Keselowski managed to conserve just enough fuel to hold off Earnhardt, who ran out of gas on the last lap of the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte last Sunday night. Earnhardt settled for a second-place finish in Kansas. He has now gone 106 races without a win, but he did move up to third in points behind Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson.
As for Keselowski, he snapped a lengthy winless streak of his own. His only other Cup victory came in 2009. Who could forget that one – it ended with Keselowski bumping Edwards near the finish line, sending Edwards’ car airborne into the fence.
Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Edwards rounded out the top five.
The Wreck Wrap
Not much to report here. The closest thing to a wreck was Earnhardt spinning himself out. He was able to not only save his #88 machine, but end up with a great second place finish. For the most part it was very clean race, with most of the cautions coming for debris on the racetrack.
Next stop for the drivers: the “Tricky Triangle” at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.