Keselowski takes 4th consecutive win in Nationwide Series

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Brad Keselowski has won his fourth consecutive start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, taking the lead with 17 laps to go and holding off Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. to win the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

Keselowski, driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang, lost the lead to his other Penske teammate, Joey Logano, shortly after a restart with 21 laps to go. But with Logano also trying to stretch his fuel, Keselowski and Hornish both managed to get past him in Turn 1 just four laps later.

From there, Hornish was able to keep the pressure on until the final handful of laps, as Keselowski eventually pulled away to a 1.4-second win.

“I thought he was going to beat me – I tell you what, [Sam’s] a hell of a road course racer,” Keselowski said to ESPN about his final laps. “…I made a couple little mistakes and I thought he’d get me to be quite honest. I was just trying not to make any huge ones.”

Hornish wasn’t able to get the win, but was able to pull within three points of NNS points leader Austin Dillon, who finished 12th on Saturday.

“I was over-driving the crap out of the car trying to pressure Brad into making a mistake,” said Hornish. “I got him to get into Turn 1 hard a couple times, but I just wore my stuff out doing everything I could do to figure out how to keep the pressure on.”

Brian Vickers secured a third-place result after Logano eventually ran out of fuel with two laps remaining (he finished 21st). Fourth place went to Regan Smith, while Elliott Sadler completed the Top 5.

Going back to the NNS championship, the Top 5 is now separated by 18 points. Smith is third at five points behind Dillon, while Sadler is fourth at 12 points back and Vickers is fifth at 18 points back.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveils logo for 2019 Indy 500

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The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are already thinking about next year’s Indy 500.

Speedway officials on Friday unveiled the logo for the 103rd running of the 500 next year, which will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

According to a Speedway media release, “The logo for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 includes bold, dynamic features that will form the core of future logos for ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”

 

In addition, the new logo, according to the release, “is athletic, prestigious and confident and includes a rich navy blue that contrasts with gold, the color of the iconic Wing and Wheel logo of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“A row of red bricks race upward and forward, referencing the bricks that formed the track’s surface for decades and remain present today in the famous Yard of Bricks at the start-finish line.”

The logo will serve as part of a new branding system that will feature it as part of future logo designs, as well.

“This new logo system is an exciting step forward for the identity of the Indianapolis 500,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The 103rd Indianapolis 500 logo, created within this system, salutes the traditions and legacy of the race while looking ahead to its bright future.”

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