Brad Keselowski offers Ford weekend sweep with NASCAR Cup win at Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Chevrolet runs out of fuel on last lap to give Keselowski the win

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’;s Chevrolet runs out of fuel on final lap to give Keselowski the win

By: Greg Beacham, The Related Press on March 9, 2014

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Brad Keselowski completes the weekend double with his NASCAR Sprint Cup… Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second at Las Vegas. It was his third best-… Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

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Brad Keselowski is very first to the stripe in Las Vegas…. Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

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With his victory on Sunday, Brad Keselowski practically assured himself a… Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

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Brad Keselowski will take the lead on a late restart at Las Vegas Motor… Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

Brad Keselowski surged ahead on the ultimate lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel, claiming a dramatic victory Sunday in the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

When Earnhardt’;s Chevy slowed in the final miles, Keselowski roared past in his Penske Ford for the 1st weekend sweep in his occupation. He followed up Saturday’;s Nationwide Series victory with his very first Vegas Cup win.

Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, also almost assured himself of a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship following missing it completely last season, a imagined was already on his thoughts immediately following the finish.

“Locked in the Chase early,” Keselowski stated. “I don’;t have to hear all that crap about not getting in the Chase.”

Earnhardt was just a number of ounces of fuel shy of earning his second victory in 3 races to start off the season. The Daytona 500 champion also finished 2nd last week at Phoenix prior to bettering the very best start to a season in his NASCAR profession.

“We weren’;t supposed to make it,” Earnhardt explained. “We were striving to save as a lot as we can and make it work, but we knew we were short. We would not have completed 2nd if we didn’;t have that strategy.”

Paul Menard finished third in front of Keselowski’;s teammate, pole-sitter Joey Logano. Carl Edwards was fifth, and Jimmie Johnson came in sixth.

The Las Vegas race is the initial of 11 on 1.5-mile tracks, and NASCAR invested much of the offseason doing work on techniques to enhance the racing on these tracks with a new aerodynamics package deal and other improvements. The adjustments resulted in 23 drivers breaking the track velocity record in the course of qualifying, but the racing wasn’;t particularly thrilling until that ultimate lap.

Keselowski and Earnhardt are the only 2 drivers to finish in the top 5 in every single of the season’;s very first 3 races, and they dueled down the stretch after Earnhardt passed him for the lead on a restart with 42 laps to go. Earnhardt had gone to the pits on the 211th lap and attempted to stick it out, although Keselowski had pitted numerous laps later.

Earnhardt praised NASCAR’;s new Chase setup, which allowed him to take a fuel gamble in Vegas after winning already this season. Additional wins are worth bonus points in the Chase, even though a second-location finish doesn’;t aid his place significantly — hence the inspiration to go for broke on an empty tank.

Keselowski was in fine type soon after his third-location finish in Phoenix last week with out crew chief Paul Wolfe, who had returned property for his child’;s birth. Keselowski also finished third at Daytona.

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Sunday

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, Nev.

Lap length: 1.5 miles

(Commence place in parentheses)

1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267 laps, 134.6 rating, 48 factors.

2. (14) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 267, 121.6, 43.

3. (21) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 267, 108.1, 42.

4. (one) Joey Logano, Ford, 267, 109.8, 41.

5. (eleven) Carl Edwards, Ford, 267, 88.2, forty.

6. (5) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267, 124.8, 39.

6. (10) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 267, 94, 37.

8. (13) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 267, 91.2, 36.

9. (15) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 267, 102.6, 35.

10. (29) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 267, 92.6, 35.

eleven. (20) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267, 108.1, 34.

twelve. (27) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267, 83.1, 33.

13. (9) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 267, 83.1, 31.

14. (12) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 267, 96.6, 30.

15. (7) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 267, 76.4, 29.

sixteen. (4) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267, 82.4, 28.

17. (19) Jeff Burton, Toyota, 267, 71.one, 27.

18. (18) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 267, 67.6, 26.

19. (17) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 266, 76.6, 25.

20. (34) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 266, 65.9, .

21. (22) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 266, 58, 23.

22. (25) Greg Biffle, Ford, 266, 52.5, 22.

23. (3) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 266, 84.4, 21.

24. (43) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 266, 56, 20.

25. (8) Aric Almirola, Ford, 264, 60.3, 19.

26. (23) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 264, 62.9, 18.

27. (6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 264, 68.8, 17.

28. (30) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 264, 54.6, sixteen.

29. (38) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 264, 50.8, 15.

30. (33) David Gilliland, Ford, 264, 54.1, 14.

31. (37) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 264, 42.one, 13.

32. (26) David Ragan, Ford, 263, 45.2, 12.

33. (24) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 263, 40.3, 11.

34. (40) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 262, 41.7, 10.

35. (39) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 261, 33.5, 9.

36. (28) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 261, 41.5, 8.

37. (36) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 259, 33.one, 6.

38. (41) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 258, 27.3, 6.

39. (42) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 253, 27.9, 5.

forty. (32) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 240, 28.9, 4.

41. (16) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 237, 92.4, 4.

42. (31) Josh Sensible, Chevrolet, 212, 27.9, 2.

43. (35) Michael McDowell, Ford, engine, 141, 33.4, one.

Race Statistics

Common Speed of Race Winner: 154.633 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 35 minutes, 24 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 1.530 seconds.

Caution Flags: 4 for 18 laps.

Lead Modifications: 21 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J.Logano 1-19 B.Keselowski 20-21 J.Logano 22-46 J.Johnson 47-76 Ky.Busch 77-95 D.Earnhardt Jr. 96-97 Ky.Busch 98-129 K.Harvick 130-139 Ky.Busch 140 B.Keselowski 141 M.Kenseth 142-143 K.Harvick 144-156 B.Keselowski 157-195 J.Johnson 196-198 P.Menard 199-204 J.Johnson 205 D.Earnhardt Jr. 206-210 C.Edwards 211 D.Hamlin 212 B.Keselowski 213-222 D.Earnhardt Jr. 223-266 B.Keselowski 267.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Occasions Led, Laps Led): B.Keselowski, 5 times for 53 laps Ky.Busch, 3 times for 52 laps D.Earnhardt Jr., 3 instances for 51 laps J.Logano, 2 instances for 44 laps J.Johnson, 3 times for 34 laps K.Harvick, 2 times for 23 laps P.Menard, 1 time for 6 laps M.Kenseth, 1 time for 2 laps C.Edwards, 1 time for one lap D.Hamlin, 1 time for 1 lap.

Wins: D.Earnhardt Jr., one K.Harvick, one Bra.Keselowski, 1.

Leading 12 in Factors: one. D.Earnhardt Jr., 133 2. Bra.Keselowski, 132 3. J.Johnson, 117 4. J.Logano, 116 5. J.Gordon, 115 6. C.Edwards, 105 6. M.Kenseth, 105 7 D.Hamlin, 101 9. R.Newman, 97 10. Ky.Busch, 95 eleven. J.McMurray, 93 twelve. G.Biffle, 86.

NASCAR Driver Rating Formula

A highest of 150 factors can be attained in a race.

The formula combines the following classes: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Common Running Position Even though on Lead Lap, Common Speed Beneath Green, Quickest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

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