NASCAR: Brad Keselowski Storms Away with Checkers in Kentucky
Racin’ with Russ - Despite some damaging high-speed winds during NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying, Brad Keselowski started eighth and proceeded to walk away from the field during the later stages on Saturday night’s race to claim his third win of the season.
Like a lot of other areas on the East Coast hit with severe thunderstorms starting on Friday night, Kentucky took its lumps early in the weekend while millions of residents were looking for generators and chain saws to stay ahead of the carnage.
Not everyone had electricity or cable to view the race, and there did appear to be numerous empty seats at the second annual cup race, but the event itself went off without a hitch.
Jimmie Johnson started from the pole but led only 21 laps, a mere pittance compared to lap leader Kyle Busch and eventual winner Keselowski, with 68.
Busch looked strong for a long time and appeared to be on track to end his recent string of poor performances which have mired him out of the top 10 in points.
That is, until he used the wall as a cushion and broke a shock absorber.
He was still able to wrestle his ill-handling car to a 10th-place finish, but it was not where he wanted to be.
All of the Hendrick Chevrolets had a good evening despite a few hiccups here and there, both on and off the track.
Kasey Kahne rallied back strongly to finish as runner-up even after a loose lug nut and an extra pit stop. Others in the top five included Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon.