For the time being, Keselowski remains 44pts off the top spot still held by Greg Biffle, but he's up eight spots in the standings in a single week. Other drivers on the move in the right direction after Bristol include Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Earnhardt-Ganassi duo Juan Montoya and Jamie McMurray after their top ten finishes this weekend. Taking big hits this week were Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Marcos Ambrose.
Giving Keselowski a run for his money in terms of the broadest smile in the paddock was Brian Vickers, who finished an impressive fifth in his return to Cup racing, the first of six planned outings for 2012 with MWR
subbing for Mark Martin in the #55.
“It feels awesome,” he said. “I'm going to enjoy it tonight and then we've got to go back to work tomorrow and think about Martinsville,” he added, already looking ahead to next weekend. “As fast as it can go this way, it can go the other way just as quick."
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