Keselowski wins, eclipses
1,000 laps led on season
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Brad Keselowski celebrates in victory lane after scoring his fourth win of the season at Richmond International Raceway.
After leading 383 of the 400 laps at Richmond, Brad Keselowski scored his fourth win of 2014 in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400.
Keselowski picked up the 14th win of his Sprint Cup career and first at the short track.
“It was just a phenomenal night for our team here and everyone at Team Penske,” Keselowski said post-race. “Car was fast, pit crew was flawless. We put all the pieces together tonight.”
Leading all but 17 laps, Keselowski led nearly 96 percent of the laps run, the best lap leading percentage since Jeff Burton led all 300 laps at New Hampshire in September 2000.
Keselowski became only the third driver to lead at least 1,000 laps this season, in Saturday night race. 2014 is also the first time Keselowski has led more than 1,000 laps in a season.
Keselowski eclipsed the mark at lap 115 of the 400 lap race.
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Brad Keselowski crosses the line at Richmond International Raceway. Keselowski scored his second career victory after starting on pole.
Seeded first heading into Chicagoland next weekend, Keselowski has now qualified for NASCAR's post-season in three of the last four races. But the Team Penske veteran believes his team is better right now than their championship run in 2012.
“I think we're a lot stronger right now personally,” he said. “I think we've been a threat to win more races. We have one more race win than what we did entering the Chase in 2012.
“I feel more experienced and more confident. I feel like from a teammate standpoint, we have a very strong teammate.
“Having a great teammate isn't so much about the days where things are going your way; it's about the days and weekends when things aren't going your way, having someone else to lean on and find your sanity back.”