Keselowski tops New Hampshire Sprint Cup final practice

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So far, it’s been a Brad Keselowski kind of day in New Hampshire.

After leading this morning’s second Sprint Cup practice and then winning the pole for today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the 2012 Cup champion topped final Cup practice for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301.

Keselowski turned in a lap of 133.254 miles per hour in his No. 2 Redd’s Apple Ale/Team Penske Ford that was enough to lead late flyers from Jeff Gordon (132.771), Denny Hamlin (132.739), and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (132.526).

Kevin Harvick completed the Top 5 (132.512), and he was followed by Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch (Sunday’s pole sitter), Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr.

Other notables from the session include: Jimmie Johnson in 11th, Tony Stewart in 15th, NBC Sports’ own Jeff Burton in 17th, defending race winner Brian Vickers in 25th, and Danica Patrick in 27th.

Aric Almirola, last week’s winner in Daytona, was 31st-fastest in “Happy Hour” (130.707) driving his backup No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.

During this morning’s second practice, Almirola suffered a tire failure and crashed his primary car; as a result of the incident, he’ll have to start Sunday’s race from the rear of the field.

Today’s Nationwide race will go off at 3:30 p.m. ET, and Sunday’s main event for Sprint Cup is set for a 1 p.m. ET start.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AT NEW HAMPSHIRE – FINAL PRACTICE TIMES

Danica Patrick crashes out of her final Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS – Danica Patrick’s racing career ended with a heavy impact in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Patrick, who became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 in 2005, lost control of her No. 13 Dallara-Chevrolet and slammed the Turn 2 wall on the 68th lap. She was able to walk to a waiting ambulance, which transported her to the track care center for a routine evaluation.

After qualifying seventh, she will finish 30th in the race, which will be her career worst at the 2.5-mile track. Patrick, who also became the first woman to lead a lap in NASCAR’s premier series in the 2013 Daytona 500, had six top 10s in eight Indy 500 starts, including a best finish of third in 2009.

Patrick wrecked in the final two starts of her career. She finished 35th in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, her final NASCAR start.