By Brian Willwerth
It’s amazing whenever Brad Keselowski wins a race. It’s even more amazing when he does it with a broken ankle.
That’s what happened at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, driving his #2 car – bad ankle and all – into victory lane, in a race that was delayed by one-hour and 40- minutes because of rain. He took control of the race on the final restart and never looked back.
With his victory, Keselowski has thrown the race for the Chase into a complete frenzy. This was his second win of the year, putting him in great position to grab one of the two wild card spots as long as he stays in the Top-20 in points, (he’s 18th at the moment.)
Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five. Carl Edwards maintained the overall points lead.
The other headline from this race stems from the race for third between Kurt Busch and Johnson. Racing for position on the final lap, the two bumped each other several times. While Keselowski was doing his victory burnouts, Busch and Johnson got into a heated confrontation on pit road. Their post-race interviews on ESPN were some of the most animated things I’ve ever seen. In fact, Busch did not hold back, especially when asked if this particular race would carry over to the Chase, in which he replied, “It always does with the 48 and 22.”
Ah, nothing like a good ol’ feuds, at least for the short term.
Next week: the road course at Watkins Glen. Get ready to turn left…. AND right.