Sunday, May 31, 2009
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DOVER, Del. - Brad Keselowski found the emotional boost he needed in his first Nationwide Series victory of the year.
A day after he failed to qualify for the Sprint Cup race, Keselowski shot past Kyle Busch and Joey Logano during a restart with two laps left to win at Dover International Speedway on Saturday.
Keselowski led only one lap in his first career Cup win at Talladega in April, giving him three laps led total in his two NASCAR victories this season.
'That's awesome. I like that stat,' he said.
He enjoyed the finish and surely lifted the spirits of the JR Motorsports team. Co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of the first people to congratulate Keselowski. Earnhardt had a draining week when his cousin and crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., was removed by Hendrick Motorsports because of a slow start this season.
Eury Sr. is Keselowski's crew chief, and he defended his beleaguered son. He told his son to catch his breath, go to work in his Hendrick Motorsports research and development role, and then consider his options at the end of the year.
'He's beat himself to death,' Eury said. 'He was taking it for a long time. Then it started getting to him. When it started getting to him, he took it real bad.'
Eury Sr. considers Earnhardt like a son, but wondered if the scrutiny was too much for the pair to successfully work together.
'I wish the best for both of them, but honestly, I think they'd be better off apart,' Eury said. 'It's not going to take much to fix that 88 car. They're only off a little bit, but that little bit has them running 25th every week. I guarantee you it won't take much to bring them back.'