Keselowski Eyes Chase for the Sprint Cup Goal
Thrilled with his Nationwide victory at Chicagoland Speedway, Brad Keselowski appears determined to carry his current momentum through into the rest of the season, with his eye on the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The fact that Carl Edwards ran out of gas on the Chicagoland pit road, gave Keselowski the break he needed to take the lead, which he kept to the end, crossing the finish line 8.568 seconds ahead of Edwards, and claiming his third win of the season.
Keselowski’s performance on Saturday was his first victory since he took first place at Indianapolis in July. Four days after Indianapolis, he broke his left ankle in an accident during a test run at Road Atlanta, and was forced to miss three scheduled races. Three weeks ago the defending Nationwide champion took first place just prior to the opening round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championships – referred to simply as The Chase. Keselowski has claimed one of the two wild-card spots to participate in this prestigious event, and is rumored to be considered as a serious contender by more experienced drivers.
In response to the speculation that he had the advantage in the Sprint Cup due to having missed on some of the Nationwide Series through his injury, Keselowski denied that this was the case. He noted that this erroneous viewpoint was unfair to a lot of people and not in line with the reality that the Penske Racing team members are working well together which contributed to the success.
Having taken second place after running out of fuel, Carl Edwards was reported as saying that he had a really good time racing with Brad Keselowski, and commended NASCAR for letting the race run its course following his fuel stop, rather than throwing a caution to bunch the field back together. He noted that this decision reinforced the organization’s credibility.
Brian Scott took third place at Chicagoland, and was reported as saying that racing with the Sprint Cup drivers is the best experience a Nationwide driver can have. He noted that his team performed well in a field full of Cup drivers and he was proud of the effort. Aric Almirola took fourth place with Sam Hornish Jnr coming in at fifth.