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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Brad Keselowski shines again at Charlotte

Anyone who watched Friday night’s Nationwide race saw Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski put on a hell of a show. On the last caution, he stayed out when everyone else pitted, yet somehow managed to stay ahead of 2nd place Martin Truex Jr., despite having older tires and facing several restarts.

It wasn’t easy, as Truex appeared to have him cleared several times. But Brad would always come roaring around the outside lane and maintain his lead. This lasted more than 30 laps, and was a thrill to watch. Truex was dumbfounded that he couldn’t make the pass, but in fact it was Brad’s reputation as an aggressive driver that probably helped him win.

At one point during the battle, Truex said on the radio that if he made the move too soon, without being 100 percent clear, there was a good chance Brad would dump him. So he played it safe and came in second.
I have a feeling some other drivers (Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin) might not have been so cautious, and they might have been the ones doing a dumping of Brad.

Brad was excited about his performance, and the race in general.
“I’m so mentally exhausted after this race,” he said. “I might be biased, but this was the best race that I’ve seen in my life. That was awesome! I have to give the credit to Paul (Wolfe), that guy is amazing. This Dodge Challenger flew! I’m so proud of Dodge. Everyone at Penske Racing that put this car together…it’s just really an honor to driver these cars. I’m proud of everyone on this team.”

The main thing I take from this: By winning despite the tire deficiency, Brad showed he is a truly talented driver who can win despite having the seemingly inferior car due to older tires -- at least in the Nationwide series. Hopefully that drive to win will soon translate to better finishes in the Cup series, as it will be a lot of fun to see him battle the stars of the A series like he battles the stars of the B series.

Chevy contest
NASCAR fans can enter the “Team Chevy Celebrate Like a Champion” contest.
The grand prize is 2 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ vehicles, a trip for 4 to Las Vegas, and a chance to meet driver Kevin Harvick.

The contest is in honor of Chevrolet recently clinching its 34th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers’ Cup.

Race fans can enter for a chance to win at through November 15. In addition to the prized already mentioned, the winner will get four tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony and $2,000 spending cash. No purchase is necessary. See rules at

ESPN documentary on Tim Richmond airs Tuesday

If you know who Tim Richmond is, and especially if you don’t, you should watch the latest installment of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series at 8 p.m. Tuesday night, October 19.
Richmond, often overlooked when the history of NASCAR is told, is one of the all-time greats and could have been a superstar if AIDS hadn’t taken his life in the 1980s.

He was a truly unique Hollywood-type figure who ruffled a lot of Southern-types’ feathers off track during his time in the sport, and also had some great battles with Dale Earnhardt on the track.

I can’t wait to see this latest take on his life, even though I already know the details – both happy and sad. Based on previous entries in the “30 for 30” series, it should be impressive.

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