Greg Engle is the editor of the racing blog CupScene.com and covers the Sprint Cup Series for the Examiner. You can follow him on Twitter @cupscene.
It’s time for round two of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. This week’s stop at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, also known as the Magic Mile, for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 could help further shake up the top runners, or help separate the contenders from the rest of the field.
Brad Keselowski scored a decisive win over favorite Jimmie Johnson in round one last week at Chicagoland. The win vaulted BK to the top of the points for the first time in his career and put other drivers on notice.
This is the first track in the Chase that was visited by the series once already this season; in that July race Keselowski finished fifth. He also placed second in this race last season, so he’s certainly a contender.
“The points lead is nice. It means we won the first race in a 10-race playoff format,” Keselowski said. “But that’s really about all. I refuse to let it sink in because there is so much work left to be done. We need to keep our eyes looking forward. I’m going to focus on the next nine races. It would be a disservice to Sunday’s win if we allow our focus to get away from tomorrow’s workload.”
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