NASCAR: Brad Keselowski goes into the wall at Lap 159

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Another big name in the Chase has been victimized by a tire failure during today’s Contender Round opener at Kansas Speedway.

While running in the Top 5, Brad Keselowski blew a right-front tire and hit the Turn 2 wall at Lap 159.

His damage didn’t look as severe as that sustained by Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in their earlier crashes, but Keselowski nonetheless joined the two Hendrick drivers in the garage.

Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News tweeted this pic of the damaged Blanco Deuce:

Keselowski had made his way into the Contender Round via a victory in the Chase opener last month at Chicagoland Speedway.

But after finishing 36th, he now faces a major deficit going into next weekend at Charlotte. He’s now 22 points behind the eighth-place Eliminator Round cutoff at 10th on the Chase Grid.

“We blew a tire – not really sure why,” Keselowski said after the race. “We didn’t have an aggressive setup or anything in the car…It was just Russian roulette and it was our turn.”

With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: