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Bristol, TN (Sports Network) - Brad Keselowski is establishing himself as the new king of Bristol Motor Speedway.
Keselowski claimed his second straight Sprint Cup Series win at Bristol by taking Sunday's Food City 500. The No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge driver, who won at this 0.533-mile, high-banked track last August, grabbed the lead from Matt Kenseth with 111 laps remaining. Kenseth challenged Keselowski for the top position several times within the final 100 laps but came up 0.7 seconds short at the finish line.
"What can I say? I love Bristol and Bristol loves me," said Keselowski, who led a race-high and career-high 232 laps. "It's a great track that really demands a hundred percent out of a driver and out of a team. Today my team certainly delivered. You could probably argue whether or not I did. But it was good."
The fifth and final caution of the race came within the final 25 laps when defending series champion Tony Stewart made contact with the wall. Keselowski selected the outside lane for the last restart with 17 laps remaining.
"If I would have been on the top, maybe I could have pinned him down there, but on old tires, I knew he was going to choose the top," Kenseth said.
Keselowski picked up his fifth career victory in the series. He also became the fourth different winner in as many races this season. Each of the four manufacturers (Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota) have been to victory lane in 2012 as well.
Kenseth, in a Ford, won last month's season-opening Daytona 500. Denny Hamlin drove his Toyota into victory lane at Phoenix two weeks ago, and Tony Stewart and Chevrolet won last weekend's race at Las Vegas.
Michael Waltrip Racing had a huge day at Bristol, with drivers Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers finishing third through fifth, respectively. Vickers made his first of six starts in the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing this season. He led the second most laps with 125.
"This was pretty good, and it felt really good when we were out there leading," Vickers said. "It would have been awesome to hold onto that, but it's the first time back, so I can't complain about that."
Vickers will also drive the car at Bristol again in August, as well as upcoming events at Martinsville and New Hampshire. Vickers drove for Red Bull Racing from 2007-11, but Red Bull ended its participation in NASCAR at the end of last season, putting him out of a ride.
Mark Martin was behind the wheel of the No. 55 for the first four races this season, but Martin, who is running a partial schedule this year, did not compete in this event.
Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard completed the top-10.
Stewart managed to stay on the lead lap after his incident to finish 14th.
A seven-car crash occurred early in the race when Regan Smith made contact with Kasey Kahne and spun him around, triggering the pileup. Carl Edwards and five-time Bristol race winner Kyle Busch sustained heavy damage to their cars. Busch finished 32nd after spending more than 70 laps in the garage for repairs. Edwards was behind the wall for almost half of the 500-lap race. He finished 39th.
"It's frustrating to see this happen," Edwards said. "All the guys, myself included, that ran into [Kahne], we all saw it, and we were all on the brakes. Kasey's car just slid down the bottom and came up across the racetrack. It's too bad it ruined our day."
Kahne has endured a tough start to his first season as driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. He has finished no better than 19th in the first four races.
"I knew when my spotter cleared me in the center [of the track], I would be clear on exit, because he said, 'All clear, good to go'," Kahne said. "So I get to the exit, and I knew Regan was slow. I just listen to much to my spotter I guess."
Jeff Gordon, also a five-time race winner at this track, crashed in the late going when he cut his left-rear tire after making contact with his Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gordon eventually returned to the track but wound up placing 35th.
"We were racing hard, and I know it wasn't intentional, but it certainly ruined our day," Gordon said.
Earnhardt Jr. received a late-race speeding penalty, which led to his 15th- place run.
Greg Biffle finished 13th after starting on the pole and leading the first 41 laps. Biffle remained atop the standings, as he holds a nine-point advantage over Kevin Harvick, who finished 11th. Kenseth is 12 markers behind the leader.
03/18 18:43:20 ET
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