Penske Power

Keselowski outlasts field
to capture Quaker State 400

Dillon wins NNS; Buescher wins NCWTS race

From the Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, Ky. (July 2012) – Brad Keselowski expertly managed fuel mileage for his No. 2 Penske Racing machine through the closing 56 laps of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Quaker State 400 on June 30 and captured his second career Kentucky Speedway victory.
The 28-year-old from Rochester Hills, Mich., becomes the second driver to own both NSCS and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) titles at the track after taking a Feed The Children 300 title on July 8, 2011.
“We were gutsy today, had a fast car and drove to the lead on the first run. We waited for someone to make a mistake or give us a chance. Hard work equals results and today this team got the results. It feels pretty dang good,” Keselowski said.


Photo by David Allio/Kentucky Speedway

Brad Keselowski is becoming
a regular in Victory Lane at
Kentucky Speedway, having
won the NNS race last year.

He drove to the pits under green flag conditions on Lap 208 and saw his chances of stretching his fuel mileage to the end of the 267-lap marathon significantly improve when a caution flag flew on Lap 210 after Ryan Newman’s No. 39 Stewart Haas Racing car lost its engine and connected with the Turn 2 wall.
Keselowski’s Crew Chief Paul Wolfe made the call to keep the No. 2 on the track while other contenders came to pits to top their cars’ fuel tanks. The team’s strategy paid off when Keselowski went to the lead for the third and final time off a Lap 220 restart.
With a stout No. 2 continuing to build its lead, late charges from Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Quaker State car, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 car, Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the No. 88 car and five-time NSCS champ Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 all came up shy. 
Dillon earns his first Nationwide Series win
Austin Dillon decimated a 43-driver NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300 field at Kentucky Speedway by leading a series track record 192 of 200 race laps en route to seizing his first series victory in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) car on June 29.
Dillon became the seventh NNS driver to earn a victory in a series track debut and set a new series track record for largest margin of victory when he crossed the finish line 9.828 seconds ahead of Kurt Busch in the No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports machine.
The 25-year-old Dillon started from the pole position and set the tone for his untouchable performance by leading the opening 81 laps. The No. 3 cycled out of the lead only twice during pit stops and closed out the stellar run by holding point for the closing 56 circuits.

Buescher wins NASCAR Truck Series race

James Buescher brought the heat on a steamy Kentucky Speedway night June 28 and scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory at the facility by leading 119 of 150 laps while guiding his No. 31 Turner Motorsports machine to a 3.805-seconds UNOH 225 victory ahead of Brad Keselowski’s No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing ride.
Buescher posted the fourth-widest NCWTS margin of victory in Kentucky Speedway history and became the 12th different series race winner in the 14th all-time series event at the track. He earned his second career Kentucky Speedway victory after claiming a 150-mile ARCA Racing Series win on May 9, 2009. 

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