Brad Keselowski crossed his fingers, hoping track position and fuel mileage would keep him out front during a 46-lap run to finish Saturday’s History 300.
For the 16th consecutive race, a Cup regular bested the Nationwide Series field at the Richmond International Raceway.
The Nationwide Series regulars’ streak of wins to start 2012 ended at four in southern California, with polesitter Joey Logano pulling away from the field.
Holding off Mark Martin on the final two restarts of the afternoon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 6 proved to be the class of the field.
Track position was king at the Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday and it proved to be the nemesis of a dominant Kevin Harvick.
James Buescher came from 11th place entering turn 4 only to emerge unscathed down the frontstretch, taking his first career NASCAR victory.
Frontstretch caught up with Jason Bowles at Daytona to hear from one of the surprisingly under-heralded drivers in this year’s rookie crop.
Reed Sorenson returned to victory lane for the first time since 2007, handed the trophy after it was determined that Ron Fellows passed Sorenson under yellow.
With Kyle Busch holding a commanding lead coming into the final races of the season, Carl Edwards drove at Phoenix like he still had a shot.