Brad Keselowski Wins First Sprint Cup Championship
It was too little too late for 5-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson as Brad Keselowski held off #48 to win hjs first NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship today at Homstead-Miami Speedway. It was also the first Cup championship for legendary owner Roger Penske. Entering the final race with a 20-point lead Keselowski was helped by a gamble that didn’t pan out for Johnson.
Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief, made a gamble on fuel that would have put the No. 48 in a position to win the Ford EcoBoost 400 and potentially wrestle away the points lead from Keselowski, who would have pit twice to Johnson’s once. But on Johnson’s final pit stop his crew hung a lug nut, resulting in a penalty that meant his quest for No. 6 was all but over. Moments later, when smoke filled his cockpit, it was. Johnson steered his car to the garage, his engine dead, as well as his championship run.
Congrats to Brad, Penske and the entire #2 team. Just for the record the race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 was won by the always loveable Jeff Gordon. Here are the full results and final Sprint Cup standings.