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Big finishes: After Vegas Brad Keselowski believes Chase changes are working

March 10, 2014


LAS VEGAS – When Brad blew past Dale Jr. on the backstretch of the final lap to win Sunday, concerns about NASCAR’s new for the Sprint Cup championship rules got left in the dust.

Earnhardt confident he could gamble on a tank at Las Vegas Motor because his spot in the Chase is virtually secure, thanks to his 500 win. The new Chase format victory, pushing drivers to go for checkered flag and that means better racing.

I the new format is definitely showing it has of positives, Earnhardt said. better as far as entertainment for our sport. It us freedom, and it’s nice to that freedom to do the things we did today, even though we our odds weren’t good.

We really shouldn’t have it, and we didn’t, but we got to try because of the new system.

pushed his former mentor and passed him, eager to his own Chase spot just races into the season. He Earnhardt and crew chief Letarte for their boldness and his own Chase spot now virtually after missing entirely season, the 2012 Sprint Cup and crew chief Paul plan to emulate them.

It was a risky move on their because they had nothing to because of this format, said. I think that some of the opportunities that up and how they can be stress-free days, and looking forward to being to take those same Because believe me, I’m not to take them, and I know not, so look out.

It’s going to be a lot of fun.

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PENSKE’S PUSH: Both Fords in the NASCAR field are off to starts.

Keselowski is second in the standings after three top-three finishes capped by a sweep in Vegas, including his Series victory. Shaking off season’s struggles and honing in on new aerodynamics package, Keselowski is one point behind Earnhardt.

Logano is also looking with a fourth-place finish in after starting on the pole. sits fourth in the overall 17 points behind Keselowski.

HENDRICK HANGS IN: While cars rolled, Hendrick four Chevys finished in the top in Vegas.

Jimmie Johnson led 34 and contended for his fifth career at Las Vegas before eventually sixth. The six-time Cup champ is in the overall standings.

Jeff attempted to make a quick on fuel economy before to ninth, while Kasey finished eighth after the runner-up in Vegas last

Gordon is fifth in the overall giving Hendrick three in the top five. Kahne is 15th.

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NO Matt Kenseth never close to defending last Las Vegas win. He didn’t a lap and finished 10th on what he a very tough day.

It wasn’t much better for his Joe Racing teammates, either. Busch wound up 11th leading three times for 52 on his hometown track, and Denny was 12th.

Busch was disappointed a bad pit stop slowed his impressive progress, and adjustments to his setup his car in the wrong direction.

The car was too loose on the run, and we tightened it up and it was really for a while, Busch said. But we adjusting on it to try and help, and it was just looser and looser, especially on the run. Just disappointing we looked like we had a good car in the race.

ROUGH START: The season struggles at Stewart-Haas even affected Kevin this time.

Harvick into the race as the lone spot for the organization following week’s win at Phoenix. He had a strong car at Las and he led twice for 23 laps, but a parts on the 195th lap sent him to the garage and a finish.

It’s hard to complain, he These guys have me cars that are good week. Just a little failure there. We will out the cause of it and try to just keep from happening.

BUMPY Harvick’s teammates weren’t close to being competitive, could lead to an unpleasant SHR meeting Monday.

Team Tony Stewart was off from the and no adjustment seemed to help as he 33rd. Newcomer Kurt was 26th, leaving Danica to lead the team in 21st.

I’m really happy the cars this year, said. I was running with the the last half of the race, but I was a lap Unfortunately, one car always stayed so we couldn’t get our lap back (via the and we just missed the lucky dog

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