Keselowski continues championship season: The 5 Hour Energy 250 Review

Let’s be honest here.  When you look at the finish order and see only eleven cars on the lead lap at the end of the race you would say it was a boring race but that was not the case.

This race came down to just three laps, where Mike Bliss and Brad Keselowski battled it out for the win.  It was an exciting finish, and one that Keselowski will remember.  I was surprised a bit to see Keselowski battling so hard instead of point racing.  It was refreshing.

If my math is correct, and it’s probably not, all Keselowski has to do is start next week’s race to clinch his championship.

The race was capped by a twenty minute red flag after a multi-car pileup on the front stretch.  None of the camera’s got the start of it, but it looked to be contact between Ricky Stenhouse and Scott Wimmer.

Tony Raines, Brad Sweet, Brendan Gaughan, Danica Patrick and others were involved.

One such driver was Sean Caisse.  Caisse is a very talented young gun who’s trying to catch fire for a full time ride next year.  His post accident interview was pure magic.  Caisse called out two other drivers for what he deemed “overdriving”.  Caisse claimed that Danica Patrick and Brendan Gaughan both “took him three or four wide” and that he had a taste of Talledega out at Gateway.  Caisse hasn’t even run double digit Nationwide races yet, and he’s already making friends.  I was happy to hear Caisse give us an honest answer, but maybe it was too honest.
Results and more after the JUMP!

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Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 20 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 200 190 5 131.8 $34,000 Running 4 83
2 4 33 Mike Bliss Mad Croc Energy Chevy 200 175 5 120.5 $51,468 Running 2 10
3 1 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless Dodge 200 175 10 140.4 $37,118 Running 3 88
4 26 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 200 160 103.5 $30,468 Running
5 11 60 Carl Edwards Copart Ford 200 155 116.3 $22,750 Running
6 10 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Toyota 200 155 5 99.4 $24,218 Running 2 10
7 6 88 Josh Wise Realtree Outfitters Chevy 200 151 5 103.0 $24,418 Running 1 3
8 12 18 Brad Coleman Shore Lodge Toyota 200 142 96.3 $23,343 Running
9 2 98 Paul Menard Mastercraft/Menards Ford 200 138 90.7 $18,500 Running
10 24 04 Jeremy Clements Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Chevy 200 139 5 85.6 $18,975 Running 1 6
11 8 16 Trevor Bayne Team Wendy Ford 200 130 100.1 $22,943 Running
12 7 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 199 127 109.7 $22,818 Running
13 19 28 Kenny Wallace Illinois Corn Farmers Toyota 199 124 84.7 $22,943 Running
14 15 09 Brian Scott # Shore Lodge Ford 199 121 76.4 $23,418 Running
15 18 99 Ryan Truex Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 199 118 84.5 $23,643 Running
16 40 01 Mike Wallace G-K Services Chevy 198 115 58.9 $22,618 Running
17 13 27 Drew Herring enMotion Ford 198 112 71.5 $22,118 Running
18 39 21 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus Chevy 198 109 53.2 $22,043 Running
19 25 42 Brandon McReynolds GetMoreVacations.com/Adaptive One NAPA Brakes 196 106 48.4 $15,525 Running
20 42 23 Peyton Sellers Brandt Chevy 195 103 46.5 $16,625 Running
21 27 15 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota 195 100 64.9 $21,868 Running
22 41 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevy 183 97 52.6 $21,818 Running
23 14 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # CitiFinancial Ford 164 94 55.6 $22,168 Running
24 3 20 Matt DiBenedetto Bosch Spark Plugs Toyota 161 91 81.4 $22,693 Engine
25 29 40 Jeff Green Key Motorsports Chevy 157 88 48.5 $21,643 Running
26 16 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota 150 85 72.6 $21,723 Running
27 21 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel Chevy 138 82 52.8 $15,750 Running
28 31 87 Joe Nemechek Gator.com Chevy 110 79 52.7 $21,473 Engine
29 38 34 Tony Raines BeAStockCarDriver.com Chevy 103 76 60.5 $21,438 Accident
30 37 81 Michael McDowell Drive Reply/Vector: John Murphy Tribute Dodge 103 73 45.3 $15,235 Accident
31 9 11 Brad Sweet Great Clips Toyota 103 70 62.1 $21,368 Accident
32 32 10 Scott Wimmer AccuDoc Solutions Toyota 102 67 69.2 $21,333 Accident
33 5 39 Sean Caisse Go Green Racing Ford 102 64 66.9 $15,130 Accident
34 34 35 Antonio Perez TriStar Motorsports Chevy 72 61 52.1 $21,278 Accident
35 35 79 Tim Andrews 2nd Chance Race Parts Ford 29 58 42.7 $14,790 Brakes
36 23 91 Chase Miller D’Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 15 55 39.2 $14,770 Brakes
37 36 89 Johnny Chapman Victory in Jesus Chevy 4 52 39.1 $14,745 Ignition
38 43 92 Andy Ponstein K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 2 49 41.1 $14,705 Rear Gear
39 22 56 Kevin Lepage RaceDaySponsor.com Toyota 2 46 39.5 $14,670 Vibration
40 30 94 Carl Long ApostleSports.com Dodge 2 43 37.8 $14,590 Electrical
41 28 26 Brian Keselowski K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 1 40 36.5 $14,560 Engine
42 17 90 Danny O’Quinn Jr. D’Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 1 37 34.9 $14,530 Brakes
43 33 36 Kevin Hamlin TriStar Motorsports Chevy 1 34 33.4 $14,475 Brakes

 

It was a good run for Trevor Bayne, being the last car on the lead lap.  Josh Wise made the most out of his final start for JR Motorsports, collecting a top ten.

Michael McDowell and Shelby Howard both got caught up in the big wreck, so the #81 team was not able to capitalize on early trouble for the #35 Chevy.  Here’s the battle for the top thirty:

 

28 Perez 35 2,773 121
29 Richardson 23 2,767 115
30 Howard 70 2,729 77
31 McDowell 81 2,652 -77
32 Allen 05 2,573 -156
33 McClure 24 2,406 -323

 

Next week we head to Texas for the interestingly named O’Reilly Challenge.  Join us later in the week for the preview of the thirty-third race of the 2010 season.  Enjoy!