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article imageNASCAR: Keselowski wins, 'should have stuck with beer'

By John Duarte     Jun 29, 2014 in Sports
Sparta - Brad Keselowski celebrated a great weekend after winning the Quaker State 400. It was the first time in his career that Keselowski had won a race after starting in the pole position. But it was after the race that things got interesting.
Keselowski was dominant in the race. After starting at the front of the field, he led 199 of the race's 276 laps, including the last one that had him driving into Victory Lane for the second time this season. In fact, his most challenging moments of the evening came during the post-race celebration when he cut his hand on broken bottle of champagne.
“We should have stuck with beer,” Keselowski told a friend of his victory celebration. as it happens, Miller Lite is the main sponsor on Keselowski's car.
The incident happened in in Victory Lane when Keselowski and his crew were cracking open champagne bottles and spraying each other. He said he couldn't “see all that well” as he was shaking the bottle to pop the cork.
“We were having too much fun with champagne,” Keselowski said, showing off his bangaded hand. “I think I hit it on the corner of the podium and then it broke. It's no big deal.”
He received four stitches at the infield medical centre for his exuberant celebrations.
As for the race, Keselowski wasted no time in serving notice that his was the car to beat this night at Kentucky Speedway. Staring from the pole position, he took control of the race immediately and led the opening 27 laps. He only lost the lead momentarily at various times throughout the evening, fighting back on each occasion to the lead the field.
“What a really fast car,” he said after the race. “Things just really came together for us.”
The win, Keselowski's second of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, all but secures his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“We have got a really good stretch run going here over the summer,” he said. I feel like we're in such a strong spot. A lot of momentum. This was really a big night for us in so many ways.”
Kyle Busch was the runner-up in the Quaker State 400, while Ryan Newman finished third. Busch said he had a good race car, but faded in the closing stages of the race.
“I felt we were better than the 31 (Newman) but nowhere near as good as the 2 (Keselowski) or the 22 (Joey Logano). Those guys were stout,” he said. “We gave it a valiant effort. Hopefully, we can take some of this and move forward with it.”
In the overall Sprint Cup Series standings, Jeff Gordon has a 24-point lead over Jimmie Johnson, but the reigning Sprint Cup champion leads the Chase grid due to his three wins on the season. Sixteen drivers will make it to the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Drivers will be ranked for the 10-race shootout for the NASCAR top-level championship in order of race wins first then by total points.
The next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is the Coke Zero 400, at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2014.
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