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Sport Keselowski could use a boost at Kentucky Speedway

00:06  13 july  2018
00:06  13 july  2018 Source:   nascar.com

Brad Keselowski fastest in Chicagoland final practice

  Brad Keselowski fastest in Chicagoland final practice Brad Keselowski posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway, but has only the sixth quickest average speed.He beat last year’s Chicagoland winner Martin Truex Jr. (180.656 mph) by .028 seconds. Truex had the quickest average speed of 170.887 mph that was set during a 25-lap run.

Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tri-oval speedway in Sparta, Kentucky , which has hosted ARCA, NASCAR and Indy Racing League racing annually since it opened in 2000. The track is currently owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Jerry Carroll.

You're viewing YouTube in English (US). You can change this preference below. Published on Jul 10, 2016. Full post race press conference with Brad Keselowski at Kentucky Speedway , Saturday, July 9, 2016.

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There is probably no one more ready to pull into Kentucky Speedway than Team Penske‘s Brad Keselowski. A three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner at the 1.5-mile track — best among his peers — Saturday night‘s Quaker State 400 (at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) may be just the kind of panacea his season could use.

Brad Keselowski issues warning after wreck

  Brad Keselowski issues warning after wreck Brad Keselowski: 'We’ll wait until Talladega and every one of those rookie drivers or guys that don't know what the hell they are doing, we’ll drive through them and wreck them until they stop blocking us.“It was just a bad block,” Keselowski said after exiting the infield care center. “There are times you can make a block, there are times you can’t. When you got a guy with a big enough run and you can’t throw a block. I made the mistake of lifting instead of wrecking (Byron) and that’s my fault. I take the blame.

Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger believes having the rivalry between Busch and Keselowski so closely associated with the Sparta track has helped give the venue Cup Series credibility. However, can there be too much of a good thing?

Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski were two of the NASCAR drivers involved in a large wreck during the 48th lap of the Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday. The multi-car crash began when Busch, coming back into the track from the apron

The 2012 Monster Energy Series champion remains surprisingly winless through the opening 18 races, but his record in Kentucky gives him every rightful reason to be optimistic.

In addition to Keselowski‘s three premier series wins here (in 2012, 2014, and 2016), he has three NASCAR Xfinity Series race trophies too.  He won the pole position and led a record 199 of the 267 laps in his 2014 Cup triumph.

It may be just the motivation and expectation to right the ship for Penske‘s No. 2 Ford team. Although he was involved in an accident Saturday night in Daytona Beach (his fourth DNF of the year), Keselowski had five top-10 finishes in the previous seven races leading into Daytona. Importantly, he has four top 10s in the six 1.5-mile tracks the series has run already in 2018. And his runner-up finish on the Atlanta mile-and-a-half is his best showing of any race this year.

Kyle Larson leads Blaney in first Cup practice at Kentucky

  Kyle Larson leads Blaney in first Cup practice at Kentucky Kyle Larson waited until the end to go right to the top in Friday’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session. With just over a minute remaining in the 50-minute session, Larson posted an average lap speed of 185.867 mph, easily topping second-place Ryan Blaney (184.508 mph). Joey Logano ended up third (184.300 mph).In four career starts at Kentucky Speedway, Larson has never led a lap and has one top-10 finish (second last season). In Larson’s first three starts at the track, he never finished better than 19th.Kyle Busch ended up fourth and last year’s race winner, Martin Truex Jr.

Brad Keselowski wins at Kentucky . But how much of what fans witnessed Saturday night had to do with the low-low package – and how much can be attributed to But at the same time, this was the second try for the low-low package (it was also used at Michigan International Speedway last month).

He radioed crew chief Paul Wolfe that his No. 2 Ford was out of fuel but stayed focused, heeding instructions to milk whatever mileage he could . Keselowski ended up having enough to become the first three-time winner at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night

Keselowski, 34, has won at least one race in the last seven seasons — and he‘s won in eight of the past nine years leading into 2018.

He has the second-best driver rating at Kentucky (109.6) and is ranked among the top-10 in all major statistical categories. He‘s finished seventh or better in five of the seven races at Kentucky. And he‘s tops in one that‘s not official — he‘s won the last three races in even numbered years. It‘s 2018.

Related slideshow: 2018 NASCAR Cup Series winners (Provided by photo services)

Christopher Bell outlasts Keselowski for Xfinity win at New Hampshire .
It’s two in a row for Christopher Bell. Bell grabbed the lead on a restart with 18 of 200 laps remaining and held off Brad Keselowski to win Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his second consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.“Thank you guys, thank everyone on this team,” Bell said over his team radio as he took the checkered flag.The win is his third in the series this season and fourth of his career. Bell's victory was also the fourth consecutive in the series at New Hampshire for Joe Gibbs Racing.

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