Chase contenders sweep first round

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Brad Keselowski (2) leads Jeff Gordon at Dover International Speedway. Keselowski finished second.

By Kenneth Ferguson
September 29, 2014




With Jeff Gordon’s win at Dover, a Chase driver has won all three opening races to begin the 2014 Chase.

Team Penske’s two drivers earned the first two wins of the Chase, locking Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano into the Chase’s second round.

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Jeff Gordon (24) pits for service at Dover International Speedway.

While all three guaranteed their place in the Contender Round, Keselowski, Logano and Gordon are back on the same playing field with the other nine drivers heading into Kansas. With the three tracks in the next round including Charlotte and Talladega, Brad Keselowski talked post-race Sunday how the next round of the playoffs will not be an easy one.

“All the brackets are survival brackets, but that particular bracket is probably more so than the others,” he said of the Contender Round. “Surviving Talladega is its own horror film title but it's also a reality. That place is going to be a crazy place to finish that bracket out.

“Certainly there's going to be a lot of guys on the bubble, and it's probably all going to change on the last lap in the last corner.”

Jeff Gordon returns to Kansas next weekend as the defending winner of the May race. Gordon talked how the next three races will be tougher than the last.

“These next three races are going to be tougher than the last three, and it's going to be tougher after those three,” Gordon said. “We've got Talladega in this next one, so that's definitely going to shake things up, and that's what making Kansas and Charlotte so crucial and important and why you're going to see drivers and teams taking big risks at those two tracks, to try to make sure that you go into Talladega without having to come out of there with a car in one piece because the chances, to me, of wrecking at Talladega these days are about 80 percent.”



Stay tuned with The Racing Experts for our coverage next week on-location in Kansas City.

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