August 11, 2013 in Sports

Keselowski wins at The Glen

Associated Press
 

Brad Keselowski has always had a fondness for Watkins Glen International, and that fondness just grew a bit more.

The reigning Sprint Cup champion, who had finished second three times in the past two years at The Glen, led 49 laps in the Nationwide Zippo 200 and finally notched that elusive first career road course victory Saturday in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

“I don’t know, it’s hard to explain. I can remember coming here with my dad (in the 1990s), just always having a love affair with this track,” said Keselowski, runner-up to Marcos Ambrose in the past two Cup races at the track. “There’s something about this track. I have a very deep appreciation for it. It’s been a great race track for me.”

Keselowski passed Joey Logano for the lead with 16 laps to go, then held off Sam Hornish Jr. in a dominant performance for Penske Racing.

Ambrose feels pressure

Ambrose was blunt and to the point as he contemplated the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International.

“I don’t know much about what’s going to happen, but I do know that I’ve got Tony Stewart covered,” said Ambrose, who has won the past two Cup races at the storied track in upstate New York and will be on the pole today. “I don’t think he’ll be a challenge this weekend.”

Stewart likely would have been a factor. He has a Sprint Cup-record five victories at The Glen, the last coming four years ago when he easily beat Ambrose by nearly 3 seconds. But the man known as Smoke is out indefinitely with a broken right leg suffered in a sprint car crash in Iowa six days ago and will be replaced in the No. 14 Chevrolet by road racer Max Papis for today’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

Castroneves doing OK

IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves suffered minor injuries after crashing during practice for a stock car race in Brazil.

The three-time Indy 500 winner suffered cuts on his legs and had neck and back pain after the crash Friday in Ribeirao Preto.

He left the wrecked car on his own but was taken to a medical center in an ambulance as a precaution. Doctors said he was still too sore to endure the street-circuit race in the city of Ribeirao Preto today.

Hartley, Mayer win

Rookie Brendon Hartley teamed with Scott Mayer for their first Grand-Am Rolex Series victories Saturday, winning at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., in Starworks Motorsport’s No. 8 BMW/Riley.

The 23-year-old Hartley, from New Zealand, took the Daytona Prototype lead by staying out on track during the last caution, then pulling away on the restart. Hartley beat Joao Barbosa by 4.290 seconds.

Barbosa teamed with Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Corvette DP.

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