Brad Keselowski started from the pole, led the second-most number of laps in the race (78), overcame a late wreck and still almost won Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
All in all, not a bad day for the Sprint Cup points leader, who finished seventh in Sunday’s race, while teammate Joey Logano took his fellow Team Penske Ford to victory lane.
“We did have a shot,” Keselowski told ESPN after the race. “Our car was pretty good, we just missed it with a few things. I made a few mistakes, so I guess it was a good adversity day.
“(It was a) decent day, we didn’t get the win we wanted, but still have a lot to be proud of.”
Even though Logano won, Keselowski remains atop the Chase points standings, holding a one-point edge over Logano and a seven-point margin over third-ranked Kevin Harvick.
Even with the finish, Keselowski remains the favorite to win the championship eight races from now.
According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook oddsmakers, Keselowski remains a 3-1 favorite to win his second Chase in three seasons.
Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are tied for second-best odds at 4-1, while six-time and defending Cup champ Jimmie Johnson is a 9-2 favorite, followed by Logano (7-1), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8-1) and Matt Kenseth (12-1).
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