With three wins this season – and a near-victory last weekend – Brad Keselowski has established himself as one of NASCAR’s top drivers.
Now, he just needs to reverse an unpleasant trend at a place near and dear to his heart.
Keselowski is from Rochester Hills, Mich., about 90 miles from Michigan International Speedway, but he’s never won in six Sprint Cup starts at the track – and he has only one top-10 finish.
“If you don’t want it enough you won’t be successful and if you want it too badly it seems like you force things and they don’t come naturally,” Keselowski said. “That’s something I try not to do but I would probably say that I’m guilty of it when I come here at least on the Cup side, because when anything goes wrong I get madder than hell about it.”
Keselowski has won this year at Bristol, Talladega and Kentucky, but he was 13th at MIS in June. That’s actually his second-best finish at the track. He was third last August after ending up out of the top 20 in his other four starts.
The 28-year-old Keselowski is fifth in the points standings, and with three victories, he’s in great shape for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which starts next month.
Allgaier nips Villeneuve to win at Montreal
Justin Allgaier bumped past Jacques Villeneuve on the final lap during a green-white-checkered finish and won the Nationwide race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, depriving the French Canadian of his first victory at any level in NASCAR.
Villeneuve, who started third on the track named in honor of his late father, survived three late restarts in a wild race that went six extra laps and saw Danica Patrick lead 20 laps. But Villeneuve, who had been saving fuel, seemed to slow briefly on the final one and Allgaier bumped him and slid past for his second win of the season and third of his career.
Patrick ran second to Villeneuve for 12 laps before she suffered track bar issues in her No. 7 Chevy after hitting a shoe thrown on the track. She finished 27th.
Piquet captures Trucks race in Michigan
Nelson Piquet Jr. won the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., stretching fuel to the end to beat Jason White by a comfortable margin.
It was the first Trucks win for Piquet in 42 career starts. Dakoda Armstrong was third.
Schumacher seizes No. 1 qualifying spot
Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn.
Schumacher powered his canopy-covered dragster to a run of 3.791 seconds at 323.97 mph to claim his third top qualifying position of the season and 70th of his career.