Brad Keselowski Dominates at Richmond Playoff Race

Brad Keselowski dominates at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 12: Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 12, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Brad Keselowski dominates at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night.

Making good on a confident Babe Ruth-like prediction earlier this week when Brad Keselowski said he expects to dominate and win Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Playoff race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

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Cash or Pass at Richmond

Cash or Pass at Richmond Raceway is for the best and worst picks for the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night, September 12th.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 21: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Cash or Pass at Richmond Raceway is for the best and worst picks for the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night, September 12th.

Just one race into the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, and one Cash or Pass’ ‘Cash In’ driver is already correct, with Kevin Harvick taking the win at Darlington after a selection as a ‘good bet’ last wee. Now, the Cup Series heads from the banked oval of South Carolina to the 0.75-mile short track outside of Richmond, Virginia.

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Part Five No. 48 Series: Brad Keselowski

Part Five No. 48 Series explores the last candidate to potentially make a move to Hendrick Motorsports in 2021. Is it Brad Keselowski to the No. 48? Will he or won't he make the move?
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Part Five No. 48 Series explores the last candidate to potentially make a move to Hendrick Motorsports in 2021. Is it Brad Keselowski to the No. 48? Will he or won’t he make the move?

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Since seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson, let everyone know he’s leaving Hendrick Motorsports at the close of this season, there’s been a lot of speculation about who will ultimately drive the No. 48 Chevrolet.  There are several not-so viable candidates and several quite possible ones.  Given the youth and inexperience that currently occupies the secure teams at the organization, there is a very real chance that team owners Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon will look for a more seasoned driver to provide mentorship to their otherwise young driver lineup.

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Another Win for Brad Keselowski at Bristol

Another win for Brad Keselowski in the NASCAR Cup Series for the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The victory came in the closing laps.
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – MAY 31: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, cross the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 31, 2020, in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Another win for Brad Keselowski in the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

For the first time this season, the NASCAR Cup Series went to work on the short track of Bristol Motor Speedway. Food City presented the Supermarket Heroes 500 on the high banks of Bristol, a track giving NASCAR fans action-packed races for years. Yesterday’s race surely continued that trend.

The First Stage

Brad Keselowski kicked off the race in the pole position and was able to lead the field through two cautions, including a competition caution in the first stage. During the restart, after the competition caution, Ryan Blaney pushed into the lead and was closely followed by Chase Elliott. Elliott did not let Blaney slip away, as he was able to make a pass for the lead late in the stage. Chase Elliott was able to win the first stage of the race.

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Joey Logano Call to Action

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We are experiencing unprecedented times in our history and the COVID-19 pandemic has spread through the world, changing the lives of Americans.  It is creating greater demands on health care and front-line workers, first responders, food banks, and in these challenging times, children, seniors, and families are going hungry.

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Phoenix Winners and Losers

Phoenix Winners and Losers of the NASCAR Cup Series

Phoenix Winners and Losers as the NASCAR Cup Series teams head back East to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.

The west coast swing is now under wraps. The FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway is the last of three races out west following the season-opening Daytona 500. And it ends with the season’s first repeat winner, as Joey Logano picks up his second win of the season. Besides the winner and where everybody finished, the race made headlines for a few other reasons. 

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Phoenix Power Ranking

NASCAR Cup Series Power Ranking from Phoenix

Phoenix Power Ranking features the NASCAR Cup Series after the FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway

NASCAR visited its first short track of the 2020 season on Sunday, with 38 drivers hitting the track at Phoenix Raceway, a 1-mile flat track. The race was also the ground-breaker for the new aerodynamic package, with a much smaller rear spoiler and much less downforce. It ended with Joey Logano becoming the first repeat race-winner of the year, picking up his second win in four races, and it leads to a new number one in the Phoenix power ranking. 

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Joey Logano Wins the FanShield 500 with Dominant Second Half Performance

Joey Logano takes the FanShield 500 Checkered Flag at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, March 8, 2020
Joey Logano celebrates on the frontstretch after winning the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway Photo – Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway wrapped up the three-weekend west coast swing. This track gave the NASCAR Cup Series drivers a new test. Tight corners on a one-mile circuit are the opposite of what they were racing in the previous three weeks. With this, they also had a new short-track package to race. Smaller spoilers with a smaller splitter took downforce away from teams. With these adjustments, the excitement built up into a great afternoon of racing.

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Joey Logano Gets Second 2020 Win in Overtime at Phoenix

Joey Logano earns second victory of the year in overtime at Phoenix on Sunday, March 8, 2020
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 08: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 08, 2020, in Avondale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Joey Logano expected a bump from Kevin Harvick in the two-lap overtime Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, but the bump never came.

Instead, Harvick pulled up beside Logano in the center of turns one and two on the final lap of the FanShield 500, but Logano sped away with a hard charge off turn two and cruised to the finish line with a margin of 0.276 seconds.

With the victory—his second at Phoenix and the 25th of his career—Logano is the first multiple-time winner of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, having previously taken the checkered flag at Las Vegas in the year’s second event.

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Team Penske is Finding Early Success in 2020

Team Penske driver, Ryan Blaney at Auto Club Speedway February 28, 2020.
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 BodyArmor Ford, prepares for practice laps at Auto Club Speedway on February 28, 2020, in Fontana, California. Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the third consecutive week, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney looked to be THE driver to deal with for a NASCAR Cup Series checkered flag. And while tough luck circumstances resulted in another ‘near miss’ rather than Victory Lane celebration – his work has still been stellar enough to propel him into driver standings lead for the first time in his five-year career.

The 26-year-old holds that top position in the championship for the second straight week as the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Phoenix Raceway for Sunday’s FanShield 500 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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