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2016 Season in Review: Brad Keselowski

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Brad Keselowski

CREW CHIEF: Paul Wolfe

TEAM: Team Penske

POINTS: 12th

WINS: 4 (Las Vegas, Talladega I, Daytona II, Kentucky)

LAPS LED: 549 (fewest since 2013)

TOP 5s: 16

TOP 10s: 22

POLES: 2 (Pocono I, Dover II by rule book)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Won multiple races for the second time in three seasons. Qualified for the Chase for the fifth time … Led 115 of 160 laps at Daytona in July for his first victory at the track … Won at the newly repaved and reconfigured Kentucky Speeding using the lower downforce package … Got engaged to girlfriend Paige White.

WHAT WENT WRONG: A blown engine at Talladega after leading 90 laps eliminated him from the Chase. It was the first time Keselowski failed to advance to the round of eight … Recorded three DNFs and failed to win multiple races in which he led double digit laps.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017: Keselowski returns for his seventh full season with Team Penske and seeks his second championship … He will continue to be one of the drivers to beat at restrictor-plate races.

NASCAR America: NASCAR’s stars hit the track for the ‘Little 600’ (video)

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Like more than three dozen of his NASCAR Cup counterparts, Joey Logano is gearing up for the longest race of the year, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To warm up, Logano, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and other NASCAR drivers headed to the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina for the “Little 600.”

Check out how they fared in the above video that was on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

 

Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, marking the second consecutive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has led the field to the green flag.

Harvick, a two-time Coke 600 winner, earned the top starting spot Thursday night with a lap of 193.424 mph in his Ford. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star Race.

Chase Elliott starts third and is followed by Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones.

Points leader Kyle Larson will start 39th in the 40-car field after not making a qualifying attempt. He hit the wall in practice and then his team couldn’t get through qualifying inspection until one minute remained in the opening round of the session. The team was unable to get Larson out of the garage in time to make an attempt.

Click here for Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

Slugger Labbe: How do crew chiefs prepare for grueling Coca-Cola 600? (video)

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Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe stopped by the NASCAR America studio in Charlotte on Thursday.

Labbe gave his perspective on how NASCAR Cup crew chiefs will prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While the race length will be the same as it has been for decades, one significant change will have crew chiefs developing strategy that they’ve never had to deal with in the 600, namely, four different race stages.

Labbe also gave his take on the positives and negatives of the Laser Inspection Station for both pre- and post-race inspections.

Check out the above video.

NASCAR: Remembering Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating 2016 Coca-Cola 600 win

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In one of the most dominating performances in NASCAR history, Martin Truex Jr. turned last year’s Coca-Cola 600 into a runaway one-man show, leading the field for 392 of 400 laps.

Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America took a look back at Truex’s record-setting win.

Check out the video above.