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July 1, 2014

Keselowski dominates at Kentucky

Sparta, Ky. — After dominating and finishing a disappointing second in Friday evening's NASCAR Nationwide Series race because of a pit road penalty, a determined Brad Keselowski came back with a vengeance in Saturday evening's Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.

Keselowski began his dominating performance by capturing the pole position with a new track record of 188.791 mph in his patriotically painted No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion. Keselowski's Penske Ford teammate Joey Logano was close behind him but, settled for the outside front row with a speed of 187.175 in his No. 22 Shell/Pennsoil Ford.

When the green flag dropped on Saturday's Quaker State 400, the competition quickly realized the superior performance of the Keselowski's pole winning Team Penske Ford. The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion was taking "no prisoners" as he quickly pulled away from the 42-car field. Keselowski lapped several cars on the 1.5 -mile Kentucky Speedway within a few laps.

He was almost a straightaway ahead of second-place teammate Logano when Denny Hamlin blew a tire and slammed the turn four wall bringing out the caution flag on lap 27. After the leaders pitted for tires and fuel, Keselowski charged back into the lead, and by lap 60, had built up a 3.5 second lead. Keselowski would lose his hard-earned lead on lap 77 when rookie Kyle Larson pounded the turn two wall with a flat tire. Logano's pit crew got him out ahead teammate Keselowski after the pit stops during the second caution period.

Logano pushed his No 22 Penske Ford into the lead when the green flag resumed the action on lap 79. Keselowski was determined to put his No. 2 Ford back at the helm and dogged Logano's bumper.

Logano clung to his narrow lead for nine laps, but on lap 88, Keselowski blew by coming off turn four and set sail. By lap 104, Keselowski's lead had grown to three seconds over Kyle Busch, who passed Logano for second.

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