‘Bad Brad’ Sweeps Loudon Race Weekend
LOUDON, N.H. – There was no catching Brad Keselowski on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Keselowski led a race-high 137 of 305 laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Camping World RV Sales 301, his second victory of the weekend. The Rochester Hills, Mich. native also won Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at NHMS.
It’s also Keselowski’s third win of the season, which puts him in first in the grid for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“The Redd’s Apple Ale Ford Fusion was hauling,” Keselowski said. “It’s a thrill to win both races. Just a great race, hard fought, and Kyle (Busch) made me earn it there at the end.”
Busch made a run at Keselowski during a Green-White-Checkered finish, but as was the case most of the day, no one had anything for Keselowski. Busch had to settle for second.
“The guys did a great job, the Interstate Batteries Camry was pretty good,” said Busch, the polesitter. “After 40 or 50 laps of every run, we’d just lose all front grip.”
Rookie Kyle Larson finished third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.
Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top 10.
Fuel mileage jumbled up the finishing order. As Keselowski pulled away, a late caution for Justin Allgaier’s crash bunched the field up for a final restart that knocked Jeff Gordon from third to a 26th-place result after running out of fuel.
Multiple big-name drivers had a rough day.
Kevin Harvick suffered the same fate as Gordon, spending most of the day in the top 10 before ending up 30th when he ran out of fuel when the race restarted for the final time.
Joey Logano didn’t have as great of an afternoon as Keselowski, his Penske Racing teammate. Logano finished 40th after Morgan Shepherd – at 72, the oldest driver to make a Sprint Cup start – hit Logano when he was running second with 89 laps to go.
Jimmie Johnson, the outside pole sitter, finished outside the top 40 for the second consecutive week. Two blown tires – the second of which put him in the wall – relegated Johnson to a 42nd-place finish.
The race was also the final one broadcast by TNT. The network’s race coverage goes to NBC Sports in 2015.