Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bad Luck Follows Keselowski to Vegas

If it weren't for bad luck, Brad Keselowski would have no luck at all.

Keselowski went into the Sam's Town 300 hoping to put Daytona and Fontana behind him. And, truth be told, all signs looked promising as he snagged an eighth starting position.

He was positive. Hopeful. Surely, Brad thought, lady luck would smile benevolently on his third race of the season. "It’s just a good thing that the season is 35 races long because we have 33 races to get past the disappointment of these past two weeks, and I feel like Las Vegas is a good place to do that,” he said.

Good thing I didn't bet on that.

In a day filled with flying parts, fiery crashes and yellow flags, the black cloud that's been hovering over the JR Motorsports 88 car didn't dissipate in the Vegas sun. Instead, it followed Keselowski in the form of Mike Bliss who wrecked him on lap seven, sending him down pit road several times over for a little damage control.

Laps later, with his patched-up car back on the track, a tire rub added to his troubles and sent Keselowski into the wall and back into the garage.

The only good news for the #88 car came at the expense of a good chunk of the rest of the field. With more crunches and cautions than you could shake a dipstick at, the race ended with a slew of DNFs.

This made for one heckuva exciting finish. But it also helped Brad finish in an (all things considered) respectable 27th place.

Here's hoping Keselowski's luck turns around for good in tomorrow's Cup race. But I'm not holding my breath---he's starting in 13th spot.

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