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Keselowski leads 153 of the 200 laps at New Hampshire for 4th victory this year

Brad Keselowski takes victory run at Sta-Green 200
Brad Keselowski takes victory run at Sta-Green 200
Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Brad Keselowski proved himself “king” at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon yesterday after dominating the speed charts during both Sprint Cup practices, gaining pole for the Sta-Green 200 NASCAR Nationwide race, leading for 153 of the 200 laps and claiming his 4th victory in 4 races for Team Penske. In fact, the only mishap was when he dropped the American flag out of the window of his No. 22 Ford onto the track during his victory lap.

''It was really windy and my hand's been sore,'' he said referring to the wound suffered when a champagne bottle broke and cut it during his Victory Lane celebration at the Sprint Cup Race in Kentucky last week. The cut was deep enough to require four stitches. ''I took my hand off the flag for the second and the wind ripped it out. It wasn't one of my prouder moments.''

He needed four stitches to close a wound he received during his Victory Lane celebration in the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky. He tried to open the bottle of champagne by hitting it against a podium, and the bottle broke and cut his hand.

Keselowski started his 2014 season finishing second to Denny Hamlin in the Sprint Unlimited and hasn’t finished worse than 3rd this season including the Daytona 500 (where he started 33rd), and then at Phoenix where he won his first pole for the year with a record-breaking lap of 139.384 mph. Although teammate Joey Logano won pole at Las Vegas, Keselowski outran Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap for his first win this season. Logano, however, came back to win the Toyota Owners 400 a few weeks later, after Keselowski became embroiled in a battle with Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth with only 4 laps remaining.
Although he finished 2nd behind Jimmie Johnson during the FedEx Autism Speaks 400 at Dover, Keselowski added to his win column by coming back win the Pocono 400 the following week.