Sunday, August 7, 2011

Keselowski Wins at Pocono; Sits Comfortably in Wild Card Chase

Sporting News Wire Service

Brad Keselowski's second win on the season (Getty)
LONG POND, Pa. -- Brad Keselowski's challenge to the rest of the Sprint Cup field: "I can beat you with a broken leg."

And he did.

Staying out on the track on old tires under a caution with 21 laps left in Sunday's Good Sam RV 500 at Pocono Raceway, Keselowski pulled away from Kyle Busch after a restart on Lap 185 to secure his second victory of the season -- despite driving with a broken left ankle.

Keselowski, who was injured in a hard crash during testing Wednesday at Road Atlanta, kept Busch at bay over the final 10 laps. With the second win this year -- and the third of his career -- Keselowski's fortunes took a dramatic turn with respect to the Chase.

Having cracked the top 20, Keselowski is in position to claim the first wild card spot, being the only driver in positions 11-20 with more than one victory.

Busch came home second, followed by Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman.

Kurt Busch and Johnson had a heated exchange after the race because of some last-lap contact and had to be separated by their crews. The star drivers took turns bumping into each other on the final lap. Busch said it was simply hard racing and Johnson, the five-time defending Cup champion, overreacted.

"You want to race, let's race," Busch said. "I raced him smart, raced him clean, and he wants to come back here and (complain) about it. Why can't we race each other like this and put on a show for the fans?"

Pocono Results

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