NASCAR has assessed behavioral penalties to drivers Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart for their involvement in post-race incidents on Oct. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
A bad restart with two laps remaining dropped Brad Keselowski from fifth to 16th in the Bank of America 500. Each position is a point in the NASCAR standings, so Keselowski also lost 16 markers in the championship hunt, may have lost his chance to advance to the Eliminator round, and certainly misplaced a little of his sanity.
In a scene that would make any professional wrestling organization proud, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth exchanged verbal and physical barbs on pit row and in the garage at the end of the Bank of America 500.
Sprint Cup regular (No. 2 Ford Fusion) Brad Keselowski wins the Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, his 31st victory in 214 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Besides driving the No. 2 Ford Fusion in Sprint Cup competition, Brad Keselowski will pilot the No. 22 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
One blown tire could be all that is needed to drop Brad Keselowski out of the championship race unless he wins at Charlotte next week. He was running in the top five on lap 161 when he blew a tire and slammed the wall.
Brad Keselowski has won two of the last three races on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and he did so with conviction. His victory at Kentucky came after he led 199 of 267 laps; his Chicagoland win came after he made a bold three-wide pass through the middle of the battling Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson.
Brad Keselowski finished second in the AAA 400 at Dover, but he logged the best average running position along the way with a 1.93.
Three of Brad Keselowski’s last four efforts at Dover ended in top-five finishes, including a victory in the fall 2012 AAA 400.
Brad Keselowski spun while trying to pass Matt Kenseth on lap 195. He damaged his Ford, but was able to use a rash of cautions in the closing laps to make repairs and climb back into contention. He finished seventh at New Hampshire.
Brad Keselowski posted the second-fastest single lap and had the third-quickest, 10-lap average in final practice for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski’s perfect weekend continued through New Hampshire’s Saturday morning session. He posted a lap of 135.622 mph, which was 14/100ths of a second faster than second-place Ryan Newman.
Brad Keselowski set a new track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 140.598 mph to grab the pole for the Sylvania 300. It is his fifth pole of the season and the eighth of his career.
Brad Keselowski posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Sylvania 300. He ended the day with a top speed of 138.421 mph.