Keselowski sweeps to Loudon victory


2012 Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski dominated Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 to put himself firmly in the running for the 2014 crown.

Despite taking four tyres on each of his pitstops throughout the race, the Penske driver was able to retake the lead after each, proving just how fast a race car he had.

Coupled with his Nationwide race success on Saturday night, and having dominated the speed charts during Saturday's Sprint Cup practice sessions, Keselowski is the first driver to take a clean sweep at New Hampshire in the oval's history.

It wasn't all plain sailing though: many of his rivals fell by the wayside due to fuel strategy gambles. Current Chase leader Jeff Gordan lost a potential top-three placing by running dry before the final green flag period. 

Kyle Busch finished second, recovering from a poor pole position start to use an alternative, longer fuel strategy brought him back into contention. Rookie Kyle Larson also benefitted from off-sequence strategy and the late yellow flag period to round out the podium in third.

Keselowski has now won two of the last three races and, along with Dale Earnhardt Jr., is a shoo-in for the Championship Chase with seven regular season races to go. 

His Penske team-mate Joey Logano was involved a collision with 72-year-old driver Morgan Shepherd, the latter running 15 laps down in last place. The accident cost the team a potential one-two finish.