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    As the field entered the 3rd turn on the last lap
    of Sunday’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 in Talladega, Brad Keselowski was
    sitting in 23rd spot and stood a real chance of seeing his
    championship hopes slip away.  However,
    as Tony Stewart did what he does best and caused a massive wreck that collected
    25 cars – Keselowski was able to avoid the melee for the most part and move up
    to the 7th spot as the race came to an end.

    In addition to the obvious benefit of finishing 7th
    rather than 23rd, Brad Keselowski saw his NASCAR Sprint Cup
    championship lead grow due to the impact of the huge race ending wreck on the
    other drivers in the hunt for the 2012 Chase for the Cup.  Jimmie Johnson, who continues to sit in the
    second spot behind Keselowski in the championship Chase finished 17th
    while Denny Hamlin (currently 3rd overall) finished 14th.  Due to the difference in the finishing
    positions between BK, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, Keselowski now holds a
    14 point lead over Johnson and a 23 point lead over Hamlin.  Coming into the race, BK and his Dodge
    Charger led Jimmie and his Chevrolet Impala by 5 and he was 19 points up on Hamlin
    in the Toyota Camry.

    Had the “big one” not been caused by more of Tony Stewart’s
    rock’em, sock’em racing antics and Brad Keselowski would have finished 23rd,
    he would have been awarded 22 points instead of the 37 that he got for
    finishing 7th.  That, combined
    with what could have been top five finishes for Johnson and Hamlin, would have
    likely bumped Keselowski from the top spot. 
    Instead, he was able to navigate the #2 Miller Lite Charger through the
    traffic and claim a top ten finish to extend his championship lead.

    There are now six races left in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup
    Series Chase for the Cup as Brad Keselowski tries to write his chapter of Mopar
    motorsports history and win the only Dodge championship during their 10 year
    span in NASCAR that will end after this season.

    It will undoubtedly hurt Mopar lovers to see Dodge once
    again quit the NASCAR ranks but the pain of seeing the Dodge brand drive off
    into the sunset could be softened by seeing a Dodge driver win the

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