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.”

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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