Keselowski credits video games for Watkins Glen success

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After winning today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen, Brad Keselowski talked about his affinity for the legendary New York road course and how visits there with his father led to an appreciation for the track’s “atmosphere and ambiance.”

But in an interesting tidbit, the reigning Sprint Cup champion also mentioned that he first learned to drive the Glen through video games – which he said “absolutely” translated to the real world.

Based on his past results at the Glen, we can probably take Keselowski at his word; on the Cup side, he’s garnered back-to-back runner-up finishes in the last two years, and on the Nationwide side, he’s never finished worse than ninth in five starts.

“I remember I spent a whole summer when I was kind of locked in my parent’s shop, because I was just young enough to where they wouldn’t let me touch anything and just old enough to where I wasn’t getting a babysitter,” he recalled. “And I remember spending a whole summer sitting on the computer in the office area running Watkins Glen as a video game.

“My Mom could tell you that story. I guess it was only a month or two that you have off, but Watkins Glen was always a track I ran. It was just a place I really liked and, I don’t know, it’s hard to explain, but it’s something about this track I have a real deep appreciation for.”

Rolling off from eighth tomorrow, Keselowski will look to finally break through for a Cup win at the Glen that would also boost his chances of getting into the Chase. He is currently 12th in the standings and only seven points out of the Top 10, which is where he’ll need to be if he can’t muster up a victory in the final stages of the regular season.

Pagenaud leads no-tow times in Sunday practice

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Sunday practice ahead of Day 2 of qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was split into two groups – one for the drivers who ended Saturday qualifying in positions 10-33, and one for the drivers who made the Fast Nine Shootout for the Pole.

In the combined times, Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest overall. But, Simon Pagenaud topped the all-important no-tow speeds with a lap of 229.409 mph.

Pagenaud’s Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power were second, third, and fourth on the no-tow chart – and they were also the only four drivers from the Top 9 who went out for practice.

Of the drivers who qualifying between positions 10 through 33, Alexander Rossi had the quickest no-tow speed of 227.779 mph.

Combined results are below. Qualifying begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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