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Keselowski overcomes penalty to win NASCAR Xfinity race

BY JOHN NICHOLSON made it count. I am really proud tories, also winning the 2014 fall
AP Sports Writer of them.” race in Phoenix.
Keselowski was caught speed- The Cup driver has won his
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Brad ing in the Team Penske’s No. 22 last two Xfinity starts, taking
Keselowski overcame an early Ford during the caution period the Richmond event’s first place
pit-road speeding penalty Sat- following a rain delay of 1 hour, last year.
urday to win the rain-delayed 35 minutes. Allgaier, the pole-winner and
NASCAR Xfinity Series at ISM The 200-lap race was delayed defending race champion, won
Raceway. again for 25 minutes just before the first 45-lap stage.
Keselowski took the lead off the end of the first 45-lap seg- “Justin (Allgaier) ran a great
a pit stop with 32 laps left and ment. race,” Keselowski said. “I hon-
held off Justin Allgaier in the Sent to back of the lead lap estly thought he outdrove me
race that was delayed two hours after the penalty, Keselowski most of the day. He was really
because of light rain at the mile worked his way through the field strong.”
oval southwest of Phoenix. and took the lead from Chris- The Xfinity regular finished
“The weather kind of came to topher Bell after they emerged 0.530 seconds back.
us with what we needed for how from the pits side-by-side after “I needed Brad to make a mis-
our car was handling,” Kesel- their final stops. take or have a problem for me to
owski said. “Christopher was really strong catch him,” Allgaier said.
“It was a solid team effort. in the long run and I thought he Kyle Busch was third.
I wasn’t perfect today by any would be more than we could He took the second stage, hold-
stretch of the imagination, but handle, but we got on pit road ing the lead on a one-lap shoot-
the car was really strong. Real- and got new tires on it and our out after the second delay. PAUL ABELL | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ly, really good for about 50-60 car took back off,” Keselowski Bell was fourth, and Jamie NASCAR CUP SERIES DRIVER Brad Keselowski (2) signs autographs as he walks
laps. The last 20 laps it would said. McMurray took fifth in his first through the garage before practicing for a NASCAR Cup series race at Atlanta
fall off pretty good, but the guys Keselowski has 37 Xfinity vic- series start since 2013. Motor Speedway Feb. 24 in Hampton, Ga.


at F1 not fixed
Saturday at ISM Raceway; Avondale, Ariz.
Lap length: 1.00 miles
(Start position in parentheses)

by new motor
1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 200 laps, 0 rating, 0 points.
2. (1) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200, 0, 49.
3. (5) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, 0, 0.
4. (4) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 200, 0, 43.
5. (6) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 200, 0, 0.
6. (8) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 200, 0, 46.
BY JOSEPH WILSON 7. (9) Matt Tifft, Chevrolet, 200, 0, 34.
8. (3) Cole Custer, Ford, 200, 0, 37.
The Associated Press
9. (24) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 199, 0, 28.
10. (40) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 199, 0, 27.
BARCELONA, Spain — New 11. (10) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 199, 0, 29.
engine. Same dismal result. 12. (17) Kaz Grala, Ford, 199, 0, 28.
13. (14) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 199, 0, 0.
McLaren, a proud Formula 14. (12) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 199, 0, 28.
One team, hoped to put an end 15. (7) Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 199, 0, 29.
to three years of misery using 16. (13) Austin Cindric, Ford, 199, 0, 21.
17. (15) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 199, 0, 20.
Honda-made motors by ditch- 18. (11) Ryan Reed, Ford, 199, 0, 19.
ing the Japanese engines and 19. (18) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 199, 0, 18.
partnering with Renault. 20. (21) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 198, 0, 17.
The move, however, has been 21. (16) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 198, 0, 18.
22. (22) Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 198, 0, 15.
anything but trouble-free. 23. (20) Dylan Lupton, Ford, 198, 0, 14.
McLaren continued to struggle 24. (19) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 197, 0, 13.
despite the change to Renault 25. (23) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 197, 0, 12.
engines during two weeks of pre- 26. (26) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 196, 0, 11.
27. (27) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 195, 0, 10.
season testing in Spain, which 28. (31) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 195, 0, 9.
ended on Friday. 29. (28) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 194, 0, 8.
Technical mishaps limited ISAAC BREKKEN | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 30. (34) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 194, 0, 7.
31. (32) Stephen Leicht, Toyota, 193, 0, 6.
McLaren to the fewest laps of the KEVIN HARVICK LEAVES A pit stop during a NASCAR Cup series auto race March 4 in Las Vegas.

Seeking his third

32. (39) Josh Bilicki, Toyota, 193, 0, 5.
10 teams running at the Circuit 33. (33) Vinnie Miller, Chevrolet, 192, 0, 4.
de Barcelona-Catalunya. McLar- 34. (38) Timmy Hill, Dodge, 190, 0, 3.
en logged 599 total laps over 35. (37) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 185, 0, 2.
36. (36) Chad Finchum, Chevrolet, engine, 104, 0, 1.
eight days. Defending champion 37. (29) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, brakes, 56, 0, 1.
Mercedes led with 1,039. 38. (35) Matt Mills, Chevrolet, accident, 54, 0, 1.
Toro Rosso, meanwhile, 39. (30) David Starr, Chevrolet, engine, 24, 0, 1.
40. (25) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, brakes, 18, 0, 1.
seemed to be adapting well
after switching from Renault RACE STATISTICS
Average Speed of Race Winner: 103.019 mph.
to Honda motors, making it

Harvick chasing another NASCAR win

Time of Race: 0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds.
increasingly clear that McLar- Margin of Victory: 0.530 seconds.
en’s woes were not all caused Caution Flags: 4 for 24 laps.
Lap Leaders: J.Allgaier 1-10; B.Keselowski 11-33; J.Allgaier
by its old engine. Toro Rosso 34-49; T.Reddick 50-53; K.Busch 54-92; J.Allgaier 93-142;
completed the third-most laps B.Keselowski 143-163; C.Bell 164-168; T.Reddick 169-170;
with 822. BY JOHN NICHOLSON thought, ‘Wow, maybe it wasn’t and Harvick 10th. K.Grala 171-178; B.Keselowski 179-200
McLaren racing director Eric AP Sports Writer just Atlanta.’ Phoenix has always SOCIAL MEDIA HELP: Matt DiBene- Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led):
J.Allgaier, 3 times for 73 laps; B.Keselowski, 3 times for
Boullier acknowledged the pre- been a good track for him as well. detto added Zynga Poker as the 63 laps; K.Busch, 1 time for 38 laps; K.Grala, 1 time for 7
season hadn’t given the team’s AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kev- It takes a few weeks to realize primary sponsor of Go Fas Rac- laps; T.Reddick, 2 times for 4 laps; C.Bell, 1 time for 4 laps.
fans a reason to believe in a in Harvick left everyone else where you stand. I think we are in ing’s No. 32 Ford for the weekend Wins: B.Keselowski, 1; T.Reddick, 1.
Top 10 in Points: 1. E.Sadler, 151; 2. T.Reddick, 150;
rebound. behind the last two weeks in good shape so far, but I do think through a social media posting 3. J.Allgaier, 144; 4. C.Bell, 143; 5. D.Hemric, 130; 6.
He couldn’t even guarantee Atlanta and Las Vegas. He fig- that he is a solid step in front of — and Denny Hamlin’s retweet. S.Gallagher, 117; 7. B.Jones, 115; 8. R.Truex, 114; 9.
McLaren will put a race-ready ures to be even harder to beat everybody right now.” “We hate doing this, but we are R.Reed, 107; 10. M.Tifft, 103.
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in Melbourne on March 25. nix where he has a record eight in part fueled by social media end!” DiBenedetto posted along At ISM Raceway; Avondale, Ariz.
“One-hundred percent sure? victories. photos of his buckled rear wind- with a video. “If you or anyone (Car number in parentheses)
No. Because we have not run Trying to become the first driv- shield. NASCAR said inspectors you know has the ability to help 1. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 136.945 mph.
2. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 136.643.
as much as we wanted. So there er to win three straight NAS- at its research and development us connect with a business inter- 3. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 136.126.
will be a higher risk of failure,” CAR Cup races since Joey Loga- center in North Carolina found ested in coming on board this 4. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 136.080.
Boullier said during the final no in 2015, Harvick topped the the Ford violated a rule requir- weekend please contact the 5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 135.947.
testing session on Friday. speed charts for both practice ing rear window support braces @GoFasRacing32 page ASAP! 6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 135.900.
7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 135.870.
Twice this week Fernando sessions Saturday. Fittingly, the holding the glass rigid and anoth- Enlisted Nine Fight Compa- 8. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 135.864.
Alonso lost valuable practice 2014 season champion’s No. 4 er requiring the right rocker pan- ny and Pit Stops for Hope also 9. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 135.829.
time when his car ground to a Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has el extension to be aluminum. signed on. 10. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 135.522.
11. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, 134.791.
halt due to oil leaks, forcing engi- a Jimmy John’s “Freaky Fast!” On Wednesday, Harvick was “The power of social media
12. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 134.776.
neers to replace the power unit paint scheme. penalized the seven playoff can be crazy, and sure enough, 13. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 135.262.
both times. “When things are going good, points he earned for winning the it actually blew our minds,” 14. (21) Paul Menard, Ford, 135.181.
Those car failures came after you need to hammer it home,” race and the first two stages. He DiBenedetto said. 15. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 135.074.
16. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 135.014.
the former world champion suf- Harvick said. “Let’s just keep was docked 20 regular points and “Getting the support of Denny 17. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 135.008.
fered an ominous start to the pushing things forward and try the team lost 20 owners’ points. Hamlin starting the wave of tre- 18. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 134.998.
preseason two weeks ago when not to stumble along the way Crew chief Rodney Childers was mendous support and that led 19. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 134.700.
a wheel popped off his McLaren and screw up what’s going on. fined $50,000, and car chief Rob- into it just spreading like wild- 20. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 134.283.
21. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 134.238.
and sent him into the gravel. To me, it feels a lot like 2014, ert Smith suspended two races. fire.” 22. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 134.078.
Also, on Tuesday, teammate except now you’ve got a team “I can’t wait to win another Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and 23. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford, 133.764.
Stoffel Vandoorne twice had his with five years of experience, race and jump up and down in Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip 24. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 133.566.
25. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 133.274.
runs interrupted by technical and that’s pretty scary.” victory lane on the back of my each donated $5,000. 26. (95) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 133.215.
hiccups. Yes, it is. car,” Harvick said Friday. “Those are some of the folks 27. (43) Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet, 133.052.
Alonso did post the second- “In Atlanta, we kind of chalked Defending series champion that I go to for any advice, 28. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 133.013.
fastest time on Friday, but that it up to Kevin being probably Martin Truex Jr. will start from because — Denny, Kevin, Dar- 29. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 132.920.
30. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 132.597.
will mean very little come race the best driver at Atlanta and the pole in the No. 78 Toyota. rell —those are guys that are 31. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 131.844.
day if his car is not reliable. we just thought it was Atlanta Hendrick Motorsports has the going to tell you the way it is,” 32. (23) Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 130.709.
“So far we have minor issues, and he is typically fast there,” next three spots, with Kyle Lar- DiBenedetto said. 33. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 130.378.
but that is because we didn’t do said Logano, the 2016 Phoenix son second, Chase Elliott third DiBenedetto qualified 30th. He 34. (96) DJ Kennington, Toyota, 129.697.
35. (51) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 128.889.
a good enough job to prepare the fall winner. “Vegas was one and Tucson driver Alex Bowman finished 27th at Daytona, 31st at 36. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 128.553.
car,” Boullier said. of those things where we all fourth. Logano will start fifth, Atlanta and 22nd at Las Vegas. 37. (00) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 0.000.