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MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, June 19, 2011 on TNT

 

Could Dale Jr break his streak at MIS?

Photo credit: www.mispeedway.com

 

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- With two laps to go, Brad Keselowski didn’t even know he was in the lead.

The Rochester Hills native held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, picking up his first win of the year.

Keselowski led the final nine laps of the 267-lap STP 400, conserving just enough fuel to hold off Earnhardt and snap a 75-race winless streak. He said he didn't realize he was leading the race until he looked at the track's leaderboard and saw his car number at the top.

“It’s been a little while. But we’ve been so close lately – we really have,” Keselowski said. “It’s because of the hard work; it’s because of the bad finishes and the struggle it’s been to get here that I really appreciate this win and I really appreciate what this means.”

Earnhardt’s second-place finish was his second in a row. He has been very consistent the past several weeks, climbing to third in the points standings. His last win was at Michigan International Speedway in June 2008, 106 races ago.

That consistent consistency is what is giving Earnhardt confidence for that win, which could come at MIS in one week during the Father’s Day Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19.

“We shouldn’t have run second today,” Earnhardt said. “We’ve got a fast car, so we can be fast.”

Denny Hamlin was third at Kansas, followed by Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards.

Polesitter Kurt Busch led for 152 laps Sunday and finished ninth. He had to stop for gas as the leader with just 10 laps remaining, surrendering the lead to his Keselowski, his Penske Racing teammate.

Reserved seats for Saturday are available and start as low as $40. Admission for kids ages 13-17 are half price and, as always, children 12 & under are free.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is a Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where race fans and sports fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the fun of NASCAR and the thrill of a great time for guests and drivers alike.

Campsites, including in the MISCamping.com infield, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are currently available. Visit MISpeedway.com, MISCamping.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing on camping or tickets for 2011 events at MIS.

Keep up with Michigan International Speedway via Twitter @MISpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MISpeedway. Join our Mobile Fan Club by texting MISCLUB to 69050 on a Sprint Smartphone or other mobile device. Standard text message rates may apply.

Source: Michigan International Speedway

 

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