Sunday, 18 March 2012 17:22
When Brad Keselowski won Bristol in August 2011 many claimed a prime pit stall allowed Keselowski an advantage over the competition. On Sunday Keselowski proved his win last year was no fluke.
Keselowski led a race-high 231 laps of the 500-lap race and held off challenges from Matt Kenseth to earn his fifth career NASCAR victory in the 2012 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
"It feels so good to just prove it here today in the spring race," Keselowski said of the skepticism from last year. "Today we closed the deal. Matt didn't make it easy. That's his job, to not make it easy on me. He raced me hard; I raced him hard, rubbed a little bit. That's good racing."
Kenseth, who won the Daytona 500 in February, settled for second followed by the Michael Watrip Racing entries of Martin Truex, Jr., Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers.
In typical Bristol fashion the race featured its share of incidents, including a multi-car melee in the first 25 laps when Kasey Kahne made contact with Regan Smith as the two dueled for postion down the front stretch. The wreck sent Kahne, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Marcos Ambrose to the garage for repairs.
Kahne has had a difficult start this season with his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team and is 32nd in points with his 37th place finish on Sunday.
"This is the worst way I could start a season," said Kahne. "It's really disappointing and discouraging to have as fast of race cars as I have and not have nothing to show for it."
Greg Biffle continues to lead the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings as the series prepares to head to California's Auto Club Speedway next weekend.
2012 FOOD CITY 500 FINSHING ORDER
3.Martin Truex Jr.
8.Juan Pablo Montoya
15.Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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