LOUDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski marvels at how far he and his No. 2 Team Penske team have come from a year ago.
And even with capturing his third Sprint Cup Series victory of the season Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he wonders how much further he and his team can go.
I dont think its just that we have three wins, Keselowski said. I think that its that were leading laps. I think we were fast last year at this time, but we werent executing.
This year were executing, which is really important, as well. I think we have a lot of potential still left in our team. We need to have another gear to grab to be able to run for a championship here in 2014.
I think were close, but I want to keep pushing.
Keselowskis victory the 13th of his career in Sundays Camping World 301 capped a weekend of back-to-back wins in dominating fashion. He handily won Saturdays Nationwide Series race and led a race-high 138 of 305 laps Sunday.
The victory also extended Ford Racings win streak in the Cup series to four races two by Keselowski (the other was Kentucky). Ford last won four races in a row during the 2001 season.
The win is also the eighth of the season for Ford, the most for the manufacturer since winning 11 in 2008.
I feel like Im in a really strong rhythm right now, said Keselowski, who won the 2012 championship but failed to make the Chase field last season. I think some of last years struggles put me in a spot to work harder and become a better race car driver.
I think were combining all those things, and were seeing the fruits of that labor with, like I said, more to come.
Keselowskis No. 2 Ford was overpowering the entire race. Even on restarts in which he lost positions on pit road by keeping to a four-tire strategy while other teams took two, Keselowski was able to drive back up to the lead.
He appeared to have victory well in hand until Justin Allgaier wrecked on Lap 298, which brought out the seventh caution of the race. The prolonged cleanup sent the race into a two-lap overtime, allowing Keselowskis competition a final chance to catch him.
Jeff Gordon, who was running second, appeared to have the best chance but ran out of fuel just before the restart. That left it up to Kyle Busch to attempt to deny Keselowski the win, but Busch couldnt get close enough to attempt a pass for the lead.
The last two races (Keselowski won) weve been second, Busch said, but it would be nice to get up there and lead some more laps, be a little bit more dominant and show that weve got a little bit better car than where were running.
Well get there hopefully. Its not quite time to get ready to have to go for the Chase, but its about that time, so weve got a few weeks.
Keselowski said he took nothing for granted on the final restart.
The yellow comes out while were leading the race and dominating with two to go (of the scheduled 301 laps), and youre like, Geez, can I just catch a break? he said. That stuff wears on you mentally.
I can drive the heck out of a car, but you can only do so much. Youve got to have a good horse, and we had that today. Im just really, really thankful and happy with the form we have right now.
Rookie Kyle Larson finished third, Matt Kenseth was fourth and Ryan Newman was fifth. Gordon continues to lead the series points standings and holds a 12-point advantage over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The Cup series takes its final off week of the season this week and returns to action July 27 with the Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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