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June 29, 2014

NASCAR: Keselowski dominates Quaker State 400

Penske driver leads 199 laps to win at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. — After nearly getting to Victory Lane on Thursday and Friday at Kentucky Speedway, Brad Keselowski finally reached that destination on Saturday night at the 1 1/2-mile track.

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion led an impressive 199 of 267 laps to win the fourth annual Quaker State 400. Keselowski became the first two-time victor of the race, collecting the checkered flag at Kentucky in 2012. Keselowski recorded his second win of the season to solidify his spot in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs.

“Our car was awesome,” said Keselowski, who had to get four stitches in his hand after cutting it on a champagne bottle in Victory Lane. “The team did a great job and I’m just really thankful to have a car this good. I don’t know how else to put it.”

Keselowski came close to winning both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Thursday and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday. But in the Truck Series race, his pit crew left a wedge wrench in his truck after he made a pit stop. Keselowski had to return to the pits to have the wrench removed from his vehicle.

Then in Friday’s Nationwide race, Keselowski led 138 laps before he was caught speeding on pit road. The Michigan native served a drive-through penalty and lost a lap before rallying to finish second.

Keselowski won the Quaker State 400 pole on Friday, shattering the track record with a speed of 188.791 miles per hour. He led the first 78 laps before Kyle Larson brought out the second caution flag when he hit the wall in Turn 2.

Keselowski lost the lead on pit road to Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano, coming out second. After the Lap 84 restart, Keselowski and Logano swapped first place for a few laps before Keselowski passed his teammate on the inside in the frontstretch on the 87th lap.

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