Defending NASCAR champion Keselowski in danger of missing Chase

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 24: Crew members work on the #2 Miller Lite Ford of Brad Keselowski in the garage after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 24:  Crew members work on the #2 Miller Lite Ford of Brad Keselowski in the garage after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 24: Crew members work on the #2 Miller Lite Ford of Brad Keselowski in the garage after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski’s hopes to defend his NASCAR Sprint Cup title are in serious peril after a disastrous outing at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night.

After starting 12th, Keselowski who scored back to back wins at Bristol in 2011-2012, was able to move into the top 10 but only briefly. He faded but was running inside the top 20. Then on lap 446 any hopes Keselowski had for a decent finish went up in a cloud of smoke and sparks as his Ford was caught up in a multi-car crash set off when Denny Hamlin lost a right front tire and slammed into the outside wall.  The ensuing melee swept up a total of seven cars including Keselowski.

Keselowski was able to make it to the pits and the crew made repairs and got him back out. At the end of the night, Keselowski was scored in 30th place, the exact same spot he finished in this race last season. Worse for Keselowski he fell outside the top ten in points and leaves Bristol 11th in the standings. With no wins to date this season, Keselowski is currently not even eligible for a wild card spot. That currently belongs to either Martin Truex Jr. or Ryan Newman both of whom are outside the top ten, but who have one win each. MORE>>>

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