Brad Keselowski was clearly on a roll this past weekend, competing in all three Kentucky Speedway-hosted races and taking first place in the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400…
In 2008 when NASCAR Champions Week left New York – its host city for twenty-five years – in favor of Las Vegas there were some who voiced their concern that the move was less than wise, with quips about rebounds and quickie divorces being made. However, after three years in Las Vegas, NASCAR officials are more than satisfied with the results and have made it known that NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series Awards and Champions Week will be held in Las Vegas for at least three more years – a happy union between the hot-spot tourist playground and the country’s most popular sport.
What can you do with an automotive degree in NASCAR? The answer is simple: work with a racing team and aim to become a member of the pit stop team. The NASCAR Nation explains that only six crew members have the opportunity to work on pit stops during a Sprint Cup series race. A seventh crew member remains on stand-by; if he is allowed to join the crew during a stop, he has the job of swiftly cleaning the windshield.
Tony Stewart continued his winning streak by taking the checkered flag at the 14th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne 50-lap midget car event on New Year’s Eve. Driving the twenty-year old VW-powered Munchkin, Stewart completed the race at 11:04 pm, later noting that the car in which he had claimed seven victories was easy to work with and fun to drive.
As the final race of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday offered excitement from start to finish, ending with Tony Stewart taking the checkered flag and the championship title. Having won the NASCAR season championships in 2002 and 2005, this was Stewart’s third championship victory – a victory for which he had to battle against very strong competition. The last 40 laps of the 267-lap event proved to be a duel between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards that kept fans in suspense right to the finish line.
Claiming first place in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, 15 October, Matt Kenseth has moved up to third position in points in the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Carl Edwards is in first position with points, and Kevin Harvick in second. While Kyle Busch took the lead in 111 laps of the race, Kenseth moved into a serious battle for the lead late in the race, bagging his third win of the season and moving up in the championship stakes. He is now just seven markers behind Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards, and with Talladega Superspeedway next on the championship calendar, the competition is definitely heating up.
Auto racing fans like nothing better than nail-biting rivalry right through to the checkered flag, and the AAA400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday October 2nd provided plenty of action and excitement as Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson battled for first place. The race ended with Busch taking first place by 0.908 of a second, and Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards coming in at second and third.
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.
Proving that nothing stands in his way when pursuing his goals, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski claimed first place in the Sprint Cup Good Sam RV500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 7 – despite the fact that he had a broken left ankle. Sprint Cup competitors may have been somewhat skeptical when Keselowski jokingly remarked that he could beat them, even with a broken leg, but with his ankle strapped into a brace, Keselowski left the field behind and lived up to his challenge. Keselowski was injured on Wednesday at Road Atlanta during testing, but was clearly unwilling to let that unfortunate experience hold him back.
Head off to Pocono Raceway on the weekend of 10-12 June 2011 for loads of racing action with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), as well as the ARCA Series presented by Menards. ARCA Final Practice takes place on Friday at 10:00am with NSCS Practice following at 12:30pm. ARCA Qualifier kicks off at 2:05pm with [...]