• 59°

NASCAR: Keselowski drops Nationwide race

Associated Press
CONCORD — Brad Keselowski is doing some basic math to focus on his bid for the Sprint Cup championship: He has added his older sister to his support group and scaled back his schedule.
Keselowski goes into Sunday’s race at Talladega, where he won in May, with a five-point lead over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson in the standings. He has won two of the first three Chase races, but knows he must be at the top of his game to claim his first Sprint Cup title.
He said Tuesday that he has dropped the Nationwide Series race at Kansas from his schedule and Ryan Blaney will drive for Penske Racing in his place.
“I’ve made the decision this week to drastically limit the Nationwide races I’m going to run through the Chase,” Keselowski said during an appearance to promote the Oct. 13 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We’re going to play it by ear based on those weeks go.”
It’s been going pretty good these days for Keselowski, and he credits some of his success to his sister, Dawn Nicholas, who has relocated from Michigan to North Carolina.
Keselowski believes his performance has improved since his sister moved in with him and began helping him run his foundation. She’s 10 years older than he is, and he joked that she is his “mind coach” — a riff on what the Carolina Panthers recently said they’ve obtained to help quarterback Cam Newton.
Since Nicholas moved in, Keselowski has finished in the top 10 in 12 of the last 13 races. He opened the Chase with a win at Chicago, finished sixth at New Hampshire, and won Sunday at Dover.
“Maybe she’s my good luck charm,” he said.

Comments

Comments closed.

Coronavirus

Rowan remains in state’s middle, yellow tier for COVID-19 community spread

Crime

Blotter: Man faces sexual exploitation charge for images on Instagram

News

Defendant convicted in attempted murder case on the run after fleeing from trial

Business

Downtown Gateway Building to be renamed for late Paul Fisher

Coronavirus

Rowan County COVID-19 data for April 15

Local

Rep. Warren’s bill would prohibit parking in electric vehicle charging stations

Local

Historic Preservation Commission approves Integro Technologies expansion, Paint the Pavement project

Education

Faith Academy, RSS will negotiate over what goes, stays in elementary school

Crime

Teacher killed in Alamance County shootout with Mexican drug cartel

Coronavirus

Bill would give more tax breaks on COVID-19 loans

Nation/World

No response as divers knock on capsized ship’s hull

Local

Quotes of the week

Crime

Blotter: Man found on church property with litany of drugs

Crime

Man charged in connection to 2019 overdose death

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Education

Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county

Business

Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards

Kannapolis

Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent

Education

Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps

Education

Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition

Coronavirus

County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top

Local

Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street

News

Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session