Kentucky performance shows Keselowski’s championship mindset

The Penske power was strong at Kentucky Speedway, but only one could win.

Polesitter Brad Keselowski presented a dominant performance, knocking the rest of the field on their butts. There were only two cars that could rival his speed, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Busch’s car was fast late, but he radioed in that he had nothing once the No. 2 passed him for the final time. He took his runner-up finish with a grain of salt.

Logano was probably the biggest threat to Keselowski, the two swapping the lead multiple times throughout the event. However, it was late in the race when his engine went sour. He salvaged a ninth-place finish, nowhere near as sweet as that possible win. Team Penske now has four wins this season, each driver holding two.

Not only is the organization ready for The Chase, but so is Keselowski. In victory lane, he assured, “I really want another championship,” and no one is doubting him. Once this 2012 Sprint Cup titleholder sets his eyes on something, he doesn’t stop until it’s in his possession. If there’s anything to take away from Saturday night’s race, it’s that Keselowski is ready for another championship, and the other competitors better be on the lookout.

Aside from that, the race was a typically run on a 1.5-mile track. The racing was alright. The attendance was horrible. A few tire issues occurred, claiming Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson early on. The finishing order had a few surprises, such as Ryan Newman in third, Tony Stewart in eleventh, Paul Menard in fifteenth, and Michael Annett in eighteenth.

It was a solid night for Keselowski, and Team Penske was shaping up for a fantastic finish before engine problems plagued the No. 22. However, the No. 2 is stout, and that number may be No. 1 once The Chase comes to a close.

Point Standings after the Quaker State 400 (asterisk denotes number of wins)

1. Jeff Gordon (–)*
2. Jimmie Johnson (-24)***
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-24)**
4. Brad Keselowski (-58)**
5. Matt Kenseth (-63)
6. Carl Edwards (-82)**
7. Joey Logano (-99)**
8. Ryan Newman (-104)
9. Kevin Harvick (-109)**
10. Kyle Busch (-110)*
11. Paul Menard (-130)
12. Kyle Larson (-144)
12. Greg Biffle (-144)
14. Clint Bowyer (-145)
15. Kasey Kahne (-153)
16. Tony Stewart (-158)

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