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Cup - Bristol - Race results

28 August 2011

Sporting fairy tales don't come any more unbelievable than the summer that Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski is having. Running out of the top 20 and no one's pick to make the Chase two months ago, now he can't stay away from victory lane - as he picks up his third win of the season with the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Keselowski took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. and long-time leader Jeff Gordon at a late restart 80 laps from the end of the race, and held it to the chequered flag.

It's the second since he broke his ankle in a major smash in testing at Road Atlanta, but on this evidence he should break bones more often if this is the result. His fourth career Cup victory in 77 Cup starts puts him up to 11th place in the standings, and the three wins make him virtually unassailable for the first wildcard position in the Chase after Richmond.

He could seriously set the cat among the pigeons if he manages to rise up another place and eject either Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Tony Stewart from the top ten, as both are winless and would drop out of the Chase in that event.

Race results

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 500 laps 2:45:16.000s (47/1 pts)
2. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 500 laps + 0.951s (43/1 pts)
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 500 laps + 1.014s (43/2 pts)
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 500 laps + 2.382s (41/1 pts)
5. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 500 laps + 2.822s (40/1 pts)
6. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 500 laps + 2.931s (39/1 pts)
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 500 laps + 7.773s (37/0 pts)
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 500 laps + 8.651s (37/1 pts)
9. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 500 laps + 8.822s (35/0 pts)
10. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 500 laps + 9.049s (34/0 pts)
11. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 500 laps + 9.235s (33/0 pts)
12. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 500 laps + 9.795s (32/0 pts)
13. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 500 laps + 10.305s (32/1 pts)
14. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 500 laps + 12.208s (31/1 pts)
15. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 500 laps + 13.410s (29/0 pts)
16. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 500 laps + 13.958s (28/0 pts)
17. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 500 laps + 15.568s (27/0 pts)
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 500 laps + 15.593s (26/0 pts)
19. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 500 laps + 16.597s (25/0 pts)
20. #6 David Ragan Ford 500 laps + 16.789s (24/0 pts)
21. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 500 laps + 1 lap (23/0 pts)
22. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 500 laps + 1 lap (22/0 pts)
23. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 500 laps + 1 lap (21/0 pts)
24. #34 David Gilliland Ford 498 laps + 2 laps (20/0 pts)
25. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 498 laps + 2 laps (19/0 pts)
26. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 498 laps + 2 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #195 David Starr Ford 497 laps + 3 laps (0pts)
28. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 497 laps + 3 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #51 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 497 laps + 3 laps (0pts)
30. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 496 laps + 4 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 496 laps + 4 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 494 laps + 6 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 494 laps + 6 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 471 laps Ignition (10/0 pts)
35. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 457 laps Engine (9/0 pts)
36. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 430 laps + 70 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 371 laps + 129 laps (0pts)
38. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 363 laps Accident (6/0 pts)
39. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 49 laps Electrical (5/0 pts)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 42 laps Brakes (0pts)
41. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 28 laps Brakes (0pts)
42. #46 Scott Speed Ford 28 laps Brakes (0pts)
43. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 10 laps Brakes (1/0 pts)

* Denotes Rookie


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