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June 30, 2014

No. 2 Ford wins race at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Brad Keselowski won’t soon forget an eventful Saturday night in which the same right hand that held the winner’s trophy was soon bloodied and bandaged after he broke a champagne bottle celebrating.

“We were playing around with some champagne and I told my good friend I should have stuck with beer,” Keselowski joked after receiving four stitches in the infield care center. “We had too much fun with champagne and one of the bottles broke and I cut my hand open. It’s no big deal.”

He’ll certainly remember the masterful performance that set those wild series of events in motion.

Keselowski showed early and often that his No. 2 Ford was the best car at Kentucky Speedway, dominating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to become the track’s first repeat winner.

The Penske Racing driver and 2012 race winner and Cup champion followed his record-breaking pole effort to lead 199 of 267 laps en route to his second victory of the season and 12th of his career.

Keselowski won from the pole for the first time, pulling away after rallying from sixth on a restart to chase down and pass leader Kyle Busch on Lap 248.

“I knew it was going to be a dogfight to get back to Kyle and then race him,” Keselowski said. “We got there with a really fast car and I hit the perfect run on him with traffic. Next thing I knew, we were there. It feels really good to get that second win.”

Busch was second, followed by Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who rallied from a 29th-place start.

A night after dominating the Nationwide Series race before finishing second to Kevin Harvick, partly because of a pit-road speeding penalty, Keselowski saved his heavy foot for the bumpy, rough track. The 2012 Cup champion went on to win by 1.014 seconds and post his ninth top-10 this season in moving one spot to fourth in the standings.

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