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Bowles-Eye View: This Race at Pocono Brought to You by the Letters K, J & the Number 2

I’m a stats guy living in a writer’s body, a failed mathematician with a healthy dose of superstition on the side. So it’s no surprise to me that as Brad Keselowski crossed the finish line, completing one of the great “iron man” performances in recent history all that I could think about was similar to a closing line from Sesame Street:

_This race has been brought to you by the letters K, J, and the number two._

Sounds silly, right? Especially considering what Keselowski did was a physical feat rarely equaled in NASCAR’s Chase era; only Denny Hamlin’s torn ACL, then seemingly instantaneous recovery post-surgery in Victory Lane at Texas last season can compare. It was a _two-pronged_ lift for the driver in his sophomore season – comments after the race, humbly praising soldiers killed in Afghanistan as the real heroes also moved mountains in establishing himself as a role model, not a rebel amongst the fan base. Off the track, Keselowski can no longer be viewed by his peers as a one-hit wonder; he’s the first driver in years to move up the ranks the right way, from Trucks to Nationwide to Cup and develop into a proven major-league talent.

Running Their Mouth: 2011 Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono

Best Quote “It’s not me, its good people. It’s having Paul Wolfe [crew chief] and a team that digs. There are so many people to thank for being in victory lane, from Miller Lite to Sprint to the fans. I’m no hero. The heroes are the guys that died in Afghanistan this weekend and I …

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Brad Keselowski Takes the Win at Pocono Despite Injuries

Sunday afternoon at Pocono (Aug. 7), Brad Keselowski experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of “the feet” as he fought off a broken left ankle, a sore right foot, and a sore back to persevere and win the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono, holding off a determined Kyle Busch for the …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: You Can’t Mandate Class – Where’s the Sportsmanship in Today’s NASCAR?

Racing is a sport of emotion. Passion runs deep, emotion often runs deeper, feelings get hurt, egos get bruised. That’s as old as the sport, and hopefully it will never change.

However, there is a fine line between racing passionately and racing without scruples. It’s a line that drivers will sometimes cross unintentionally in the heat of battle, and when they apologize and move on, can occasionally be forgiven for. But it seems like that line is being crossed quite often lately, without remorse or consequence. And NASCAR not only allows it, it seems that at times, when it suits their purposes, they condone it.

The line has a name. It’s called sportsmanship.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2011 Indianapolis – Pocono Edition

With six races to go until the NASCAR Sprint Chase for the Cup cutoff begins, the major NASCAR touring series all invaded Indianapolis.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2011 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

Did the strength of Kyle Busch’s victory, pushing him ahead of Kevin Harvick in points, have him climbing to the top in our weekly Power Rankings?

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