Post-Race Reactions: Top Gear 300
Roush teammates Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse and others comment on a hot and long day in Charlotte.
Keselowski grinds out top five on 'so-so day'
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Keselowski gear " Chase gear LOUDON, N.H. -- As one of the resident wizards of the "Magic Mile" over the past five years, it was a little curious to see Brad Keselowski -- who sports a 6.27 average finish at the track since the fall race of 2011 – come out a little flat in Sunday's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For his latest trick, the Team Penske driver entered the top 10 for good at Lap 270 of 300 and continued to rise from there, sticking the landing with a fourth-place finish that was nearly a third, save for a late pass from Kyle Busch. "We caught a couple breaks on the restarts that helped out. Pleasantly surprised (at how this race turned out)," Keselowski said on pit road following the race. " … It was just a good call there towards the end to put tires on and then just being smooth and keeping it in one piece driving through traffic. … Sometimes you catch some good breaks in this sport. … It was just a really great finish to kind of just a so-so day." While the recovery portends well for Keselowski's hopes of advancing into the Round of 12, the speed that his car lacked at New Hampshire should be of some concern for the 2 team as the Chase continues. The 2012 champ pins it on this week's rules update for post-race inspection that eliminated P2 and P3-level penalties for infractions resulting from the laser inspection system. "I think that rules change at the last minute was certainly not very favorable to our team," said Keselowski, in search of his first win since early July at Kentucky. "We've got to work to find a little more speed for sure." The No. 2 crew chief, Paul Wolfe, pins the lack of performance on a swing-and-a-miss setup after they couldn't quite nail down what they were looking for in Saturday's practice sessions. "The car never drove like what we've had here in the past. We were kind of on the fence about where we wanted to be today as far as set-up wise. There were a couple things we went through in practice yesterday and we picked a direction that obviously wasn't good," Wolfe told NASCAR.com. "So we just really struggled to get any speed out of the car all day. Just tried to stay calm, get what we could and not get in trouble. Brad was doing a good job of that. There at the end, the position we were in I felt it was worth putting tires on it and it was really the new tires and a couple of good restarts that got us to the front. "Definitely not the performance or the speed in the car that we were hoping for today, but we were able to get a good finish out of it and at this point of the Chase, that's obviously the important part." Keselowski now heads to the Dover International Speedway with a little more of a cushion -- he's the overall points leader, though second and sixth-place (in the point standings) drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, respectively, have clinched their Round of 12 berths -- than it looked like he'd have for most of the race, and should be a lock to advance save for a major, catastrophic mishap. "It feels good to go to Dover and be able to sleep easy knowing that if you have a part failure or get caught up in a wreck or any of those silly things that can happen that aren't you fault, you don’t have to worry about them so that's good," he said. "But we still have some work to do to get a little faster.”
Monster Energy Series drivers gear up and hit the booth for the Pocono Green 250
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers gear up and prepare to take over the booth and pit-road as they have the call for the Pocono Green 250.
Dale Jr. picks his top 10 drivers to root for in 2018
In this clip from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Dirty Mo Radio podcast, Dale picks the top 10 drivers his fans should root for when he retires after the 2017 season.
DraftKings: Sonoma Price Check
WATCH: Sonoma Price Check, sponsored content provided by DraftKings.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. keeps searching for speed
Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his top -10 run at Michigan International Speedway and how he feels his No. 88 team still needs to pick up some speed.
Dale Jr. reacts to top -10 finish at Charlotte
Dale Earnhardt Jr. thanks Jimmie Johnson for helping the No. 88 earn a top -10 finish in the Coca-Cola 600 and reacts to Richard Childress getting back to Victory Lane.
Kyle Busch narrowly takes the top spot from Truex
Kyle Busch tops Toyota teammate Martin Truex Jr. at Dover International Speedway for his 20th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award.
Nemechek gets heavy damage running in top 10
John Hunter Nemechek wrecks hard into the wall late at Texas Motor Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series.
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stage points
RELATED: Full stage lengths for every race " Race enhancements 101 The enhanced race format for 2017 provides drivers with additional opportunities to earn points throughout an event. Each race except the spring Charlotte race is comprised of three stages -- Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Final Stage. The Coca-Cola 600 adds a fourth stage. Drivers who finish in the top 10 in Stage 1 and Stage 2 earn additional race points, with the winner of each stage earning 10 points, second place earning nine points, third place earning eight points, etc., down to one point for 10th place. Stage 3 of the Coca-Cola 600 awards points in the same manner as Stages 1 and 2 in the other races. The Final Stage produces the race results and awards points across the field. Below is a cumulative running tally of how many stage points drivers have earned this year, as well as their stage wins -- stage wins will provide an additional bonus point per win for the postseason. Through Pocono Note: Does not include points earned for the Can-Am Duels at Daytona
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