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Keselowski: Don’t count out Gibbs’ team of cars

08/25/2014, 12:00am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Brad Keselowski is part brash racer, and part pragmatist.

He was both after following Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano to the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, giving the team a 1-2 finish and a continuing surge of momentum.

Logano's third victory of the season gave him five consecutive finishes in the top six, and gave his teammate confirmation that Team Penske is as much a Sprint Cup championship contender as anyone.

"I think the results speak for themselves and we just need to keep rolling," the 2012 series champion said. "We've got two teams that are legitimate contenders by really every stretch of the imagination."

Logano's sixth career victory, secured when he passed Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and then held off a challenge from Keselowski in the closing laps, allowed him to join Keselowski and the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson as three-time winners this season.

It kept Kenseth, of Joe Gibbs Racing, winless, but caused Keselowski to admit that any groundswell of speculation expecting a duel between the Hendrick and Team Penske teams for the Sprint Cup Series championship is short-sighted.

"I think we've all got our eyes on Matt's group and all the Gibbs cars, and I just don't see a whole season going by without them having a dominant race car," he said of the group that also includes Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.

Dixon surges for late IndyCar win

SONOMA, Calif. — Scott Dixon passed Mike Conway with three laps to go at Sonoma Raceway, earning a dramatic IndyCar victory and muddying the overall championship race.

Series leader Will Power finished ninth after a ferocious last-lap push past Justin Wilson, setting up an intriguing finish to the Indy Car season Saturday at Fontana.

After starting on the pole, Power fell back to 20th with a mid-race spin. IndyCar is reviewing Power's tactics on the final lap.

Dixon is out of the race to defend his 2013 title, but he surged for his 35th career victory after leader Graham Rahal was forced to the pits for gas with four laps left.

The raceway was unaffected by an earthquake centered just northeast of the track about 10 hours before the race began.

The 6.0 quake left several drivers alarmed.

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