July 17, 2012 2:27 PM
Brad Keselowski and Travis Pastrana.
They are known throughout the racing world as two of the most
skilled and inventive drivers competing in motorsports today. And
this past weekend Brad and Travis each chalked up victories, taking
the checkered flag while behind the wheel of a Dodge.
Let’s begin with Keselowski, who collected his second NASCAR
Nationwide Series win of the season in his No. 22 Snap-on Tools
Dodge Challenger. He turned in a dominant performance Saturday
afternoon in the F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The
28-year-old Penske Racing Team member from Rochester Hills, Mich.,
has displayed consistently superior skills in both the Nationwide
Series and Sprint Cup Series competition. And this past weekend was
no exception, as Brad finished fifth in Sunday’s Sprint Cup
race, earning his sixth top five of the season. In his last 12
starts in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, Keselowski has only
one finish outside the top 15. In that span, he has recorded two of
his three victories along with four top-five and six top-10
“We had a really, really good long-run car today but we were
off just a little bit on short runs,” Keselowski said.
“I’m proud of the effort. Obviously, you want to come
here and win. Wins are really what matters but a good, strong
consistent effort that gives us something we can bring back for the
Chase and feel comfortable about is important. So, I’m proud
of the effort.”
Only seven races remain until the field is set for the Chase for
the Sprint Cup. Keselowski is currently 10th in the standings with
a 46-point advantage over 11th. He is also one of only two drivers
with three wins in Sprint Cup competition, the other being Tony
Pastrana, meanwhile, has found Victory Lane to be a bit more
elusive. He had to overcome the disappointment of the first three
races of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship season that saw
him compete but come up empty. The low point for the team came at
the 12th X Games in Los Angeles. Hopes of a medal were crushed when
Pastrana was taken out on the first turn of the first lap.
“It’s been so long, I almost forgot what it’s
like to win,” said Pastrana. “It is absolutely awesome
to get out here and get on top. It has been a rough
But it got a lot smoother Saturday night, as Pastrana drove his Red
Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart to a 1.431-second win over Samuel
Hubinette at New Hampshire.
“This Dodge Dart is an awesome car,” said Pastrana.
“These guys (crew) gave me what it took to win. I just want
to thank each and every one of those guys standing back there (in
Victory Lane) with the big smiles. Thank you guys for believing in
me and thanks to all the fans that kept backing me because I tell
you what, it’s been tough.”