As he completed the final lap of his victory in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Brad Keseloswki needled Paul Wolfe, his crew chief.
“Paul, are you nervous?” Keselowski radioed to Wolfe, his voice exuding of confidence. As he crossed the finish line six car-lengths in front of runner-up Matt Kenseth, Keselowski allowed himself an excited whoop.
The driver of the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge scored his second consecutive win at the .533-mile short track and the fifth of his Sprint Cup career.
Martin Truex Jr. came home third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers, as Michael Waltrip Racing drivers claimed positions three through five. Vickers scored the top-five in his first Cup action since his contract with Red Bull Racing ended last year.
If Keselowski remained cool on the race track, criticism for his victory last August definitely made him hot and provided additional motivation for Sunday’s victory.
In last year’s August race, Wolfe picked a pit stall that would allow Keselowski to accelerate out of his pit and gain time and positions before the next timing line. To offset that advantage, NASCAR added two timing lines on each side of pit road for Sunday’s race, shortening the segments between lines.
When Keselowski heard critics say he won the race because of the timing line advantage, it irked him