CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, leading the final 67 laps to give Penske Racing a winning start on auto racing’s biggest weekend.
Keselowski raced to his first Nationwide victory of the year. He’ll try to double up in Sprint Cup’s longest race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600 tonight. In between comes the Indy 500, a race that owner Roger Penske’s cars have won 15 times. Penske driver Ryan Briscoe will start from the pole there today.
Penske Racing has “three shots at winning races this weekend,” Keselowski said. “We’re one for one.”
Don’t bet against more Penske wins this weekend. The team’s other drivers in Indianapolis, Will Power and Helio Castroneves, start fifth and sixth. Power has won three times already this year, and Castroneves is a three-time Indy winner.
“I’m happy for” Penske, Keselowski said. “One way or another, the checkered flag at Penske Racing is going to fly this week.
FORMULA ONE: In Monaco, veteran Michael Schumacher posted the fastest time in an action-packed qualifying session at the Monaco Grand Prix, but his previous grid penalty means Mark Webber’s Red Bull will start today’s race on the pole.
Webber beat Nico Rosberg’s time on his final lap, only for Schumacher to surpass Webber’s effort just moments later.
But the grid penalty Schumacher got at the Spanish Grand Prix means he starts from sixth on the grid today. The German has yet to earn a pole position since coming out of retirement last season.
Rosberg starts second and looks for his second victory of the season.