KESELOWSKI WINS AT CHICAGOLAND TO KICK OFF CHASE
JOLIET, Ill.(September 14, 2014) — After winning Sunday's Chase for the Sprint Cup opener at Chicagoland Speedway, Brad Keselowski is about to experience something no other driver has enjoyed in the 11-year history of NASCAR's playoff: Relaxation. No matter how he finishes in the next two weeks – even if it's a pair of last-place results – Keselowski will survive the first cut of the new eliminations, which reduce the field from 16 drivers to 12. That's because under the revamped Chase format, a win guarantees a berth into the next round. "We have a bit of a hall pass for the next two, which I'm very appreciative (of)," Keselowski said.
With the pressure off until the Oct. 5 race at Kansas Speedway, Keselowski can chill all weekend long at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Raceway. Even if he smacked the snooze button for practice sessions or played Candy Crush during the pre-race drivers meeting and was late to the start, he'd still be in Round 2. That's a far cry from previous Chases, where every position in every race could make the difference between the champion and the first loser. Just look at the 2011 Chase, when Tony Stewart beat Carl Edwards on a tiebreaker in the finale. Read Full Article