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Brad Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Talladega

compiled from staff and wire reports

Brad Keselowski (courtesy of Nascar media.com)

Brad Keselowski was almost benched this past Sunday from competing in the Nationwide Series race. He was involved in an earlier Cup race, sending his carbon monoxide level soaring past NASCAR’s limit to drive a race car.

Keselowski needed an oxygen mask for the majority of his break between races, then went out and won the Nationwide event at Talladega Superspeedway in a wild finish to end 850 miles of racing Sunday.

Keselowski won his first race for Penske Racing.  He said his carbon monoxide level after the Sprint Cup race was at 13-nearly triple Nascar’s required numeric level to drive a stock car. Brad said if the race had started 5 minutes earlier, he wouldn’t have been allowed to race.

Team owner Roger Penske asked Sam Hornish, Jr. to standby in case of an emergency. After 45 minutes of breathing through an oxygen mask, Keselowski was given the green light to dive the number 22 Dodge.

Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray seemed poised down the stretch to duplicate their thrilling 1-2 finish in the Sprint Cup race held first on Sunday. But McMurray shook loose on the overtime laps and was responsible for a scary wreck that nearly sent Dennis Setzer flying over the fence.

Setzer went airborne, crashed into the safety fence and his car was on fire as it skidded down the track.

This is only the second year team owner Roger Penske is fielding a full-time Nationwide program. Keselowski was added in 2010 to make it a two-car operation with Justin Allgaier, who gave Penske his first career series win this month at Bristol when he beat Keselowski in a 1-2 Penske Racing finish. Keselowski leads in the points standings.

Joey Logano finished second and Kevin Harvick was third.

Harvick, Keselowski and Logano were three of the 10 drivers who pulled double duty and drove about 850 miles after rain wiped out Saturday’s scheduled race. It was the second straight race weekend that NASCAR had a Cup-Nationwide doubleheader because of rain. The drivers had to drive twice the previous Monday at Texas Motor Speedway and drove a combined 801 miles.

Brad’s win comes just a few days after Penske Racing landed Shell Oil’s sponsorship for next season. The new partnership makes Pennzoil the primary sponsor for Kurt Busch, who will move to the number 22 Dodge. Miller Light will shift its sponsorship to Keselowski.

Penske has said that he is committed to bringing back Ohio native Sam Hornish in 2011 and finding him sponsorship. Penske expects to again field two-cars in the Nationwide Series in 2011.

ARCA Rookie Dakoda Armstrong wins at Talladega Superspeedway

Courtesy of ARCA Racing

Dakoda Armstrong (ARCA photo)

Eighteen-year-old Dakoda Armstrong made a daring series of passes to move from sixth place with three laps remaining to win the Talladega ARCA 250 last Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Armstrong, the 19th driver to win from the pole in 48 ARCA Racing Series events at Talladega, overcoming the leader and Alabama native Grant Enfinger as the last of 94 laps ticked away under impending dusk.

The win is Armstrong’s fifth top-10 finish in 12 career ARCA Racing Series starts, and his second of the 2010 season.

Armstrong is a high school senior from New Castle, Indiana and winning at one of stock car racing’s most famous tracks was not lost on him.

“You definitely want to win at all the big tracks, where the cup and Nationwide (Series) compete,” he said. “The way that the victory was won, a last lap pass, is  something I am never going to forget. It was an incredible race for us.”

Enfinger appeared primed to be the first Alabama driver to win in any event at Talladega since Davey Allison won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on the 2.66-mile track on May 3, 1992. The 25-year-old Fairhope native led 42 consecutive laps which is nearly half of the race’s 94 lap total, but needed one more to win.

Time of the race was 1 hour, 53 minutes and 48 seconds. Margin of victory is 0.348 seconds.

ARCA RACING SERIES TOP-10 POINTS, AFTER TALLADEGA SUPERspeedway

1. Justin Marks 1295

2. Steve Arpin   1275

3. Patrick Sheltra 1265

4. Tom Hessert 1145

5. Mikey Kile 1135

6. Craig Goess 1130

7. Tim George, Jr. 1110

8. Bryan Silva 1090

9. Frank Kimmel 1090

10. Dakoda Armstrong 1085

The ARCA Racing Series moves to its home track, Toledo Speedway, on Sunday, May 23 with the running of the Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care.

Dayton Flyers drop Jesse Berry after arrests

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jesse Berry (Norm Baker photo)

The University of Dayton Flyers announced last Friday that Jesse Berry, a guard from West Lafayette, Indiana has been granted a release from the national letter of intent he signed in November.

Berry is high-scoring guard averaging 23.2 points a game for Lafayette Jefferson High School this past season.

Berry has been arrested twice during the 2009-2010 school year, a theft charge and recently assault with bodily harm.

The Flyers will now have a recruiting class of four players in 2010 which will include Ralph Hill and Juwan Staten, Devin Oliver and Brandon Spearman which is still a solid class even without the balleyhooed Berry.

Wright State selects Morehead State’s Bradbury to coach women’s basketball

Courtesy of Wright State Athletics

Michael Bradbury (WSU photo)

Michael Bradbury, head women’s basketball coach at Morehead State University, was named as the sixth head women’s basketball coach at Wright State last week.

Bradbury, who led the Eagles to a 50-44 record over the last three seasons, posted a 22-11 slate this past season, including a bid to the post season Women’s Basketball Invitational. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Xavier and Cincinnati.

Bradbury was an integral part in signing the nation’s top-ranked player at Xavier in 2006-07. While at Cincinnati, he helped sign three top 25 classes. In each of his last ten seasons as an assistant coach, his teams qualified for postseason play. In all, 12 of the 17 teams he has been involved with have made postseason appearances, and nearly every team has posted a .500 record or better.

He spent five seasons at Xavier, and all five resulted in postseason appearances, including two NCAA tournament berths. In his first season at Xavier, in 2002-03, the Musketeers went 20-10 overall and advanced the NCAA Tournament first round after posting a 12-19 record the season before. In 2006-07, Bradbury helped lead XU to a 26-8 record and another NCAA Tournament berth. In between, his teams made three consecutive WNIT appearances, including a quarterfinal game in2004-05. In his five seasons, Xavier was 106-50 (.679 winning percentage).

Prior to his time at Xavier, Bradbury was a top assistant coach and the primary recruiter for crosstown school Cincinnati for six years, where he helped the Bearcats to two NCAA Tournament berths and a 127-57 record (.690 winning percentage). His Cincinnati career culminated in the 2001-02 squad going 27-5 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round. He also helped guide the 1998-99 team to a 22-9 record and a first-round game. Bradbury’s time at UC resulted in three WNIT appearances as well.

Bradbury went to Cincinnati after one season at Virginia Commonwealth University and one East Tennessee State. At ETSU, his 1995 team took sixth place in the WNIT and compiled a 21-9 record. His coaching career began at Chattanooga, where he graduated in 1993 with a degree in recreation. He spent the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons as a student assistant coach before his first full-time assistant coaching assignment came in 1993-94. The 1991-92 University of Tennessee-Chattanooga team also advanced to the NCAA Tournament first round.

Crappy Game but Crew prevails over Real Salt Lake, 1-0

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

Columbus, Ohio – A goal by Mr. Reliable, Guillermo Barros Schelotto on a penalty kick in the 38th minute was just enough to propel the 2008 MLS Champion Columbus Crew over the 2009 MLS champion Real Salt Lake, 1-0 over the weekend in Crew Stadium. The game between the past two MLS Champions was played to the best,very physical, good defense and low scoring before 14,322 in a rain-soaked Stadium. As Crew coach Robert Warzycha said “he rather win this crappy game, than play a good game and lose like what happens to the Crew in most cases”.

Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer preserved the lead in the 82nd minute with a diving stop after Nelson Gonzalez drove a free kick from 22 yards that was headed towards the left side netting.

Will Johson appeared to have scored on the ensuing scramble, but he was ruled offside on the play, nullifying the goal.

Hesmer made another key save in the 88th minute when he made a brilliant kick save after Robbie Findley broke free on a breakaway chance.

William Hesmer (mls)R

Schelotto’s decisive goal came after the Crew’s Robbie Rogers was taken down in the box by RSL’s Robbie Russell. The Argentine veteran powered the ensuing shot to the upper left hand corner past goalkeeper Nick Rimando for the only tally of the match.

The Crew remained unbeaten at 2-0-1 this season and avenged last year’s postseason loss to RSL last year, when the visitors won 3-2 in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, stunning a Columbus team which had won the Supporters Shield for the second consecutive season. With the loss, Real Salt Lake is 1-3-1.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE (to listen to an audio file, just click the link)

44 856 Jason Kreis RSL coach Robbie Findlay & Javier Morales nice combo (megasportnews.com)

44 859 Jason Kreis RSL Coach Cut the Crew down from stretching field (megasportsnews.com)

44 861 Jason Kreis RSL Coach 4 Road games now 4 home games (megasportsnews.com)

44 862 Jason Kreis RSL Coach Something is missing right now (megasportsnews.com)

44 865 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Overall on win #2 (megasportsnews.com)

44 867 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach William Hesmer crucial saves in goal (megasportsnews.com)

44 868 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Important revenge game (megasportsnews.com)

44 874 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Teams are gunning for them (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* The Crew is 7-3-1 vs. Real Salt Lake, 5-1-0 in Columbus.

* The Crew is 2-0-1 on the young season and 2-0-0 at home.

* Schelotto’s goal was the 27th of his MLS career.

*Hesmer made four saves in the game to record the 25th shutout of his MLS career.

* Gino Padula left the match in the 54th minute with a leg injury.

* Danny O’Rourke served a mandatory one-game suspension for the red card he was assessed on April 10.

* Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup in dramatic fashion. Not one match was easy. They defeated the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Semifinals 4-2 on aggregate points). Beat the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference Championship (5-4 on penalty kicks) and won the MLS Title game against the Los Angeles Galaxy 5-4 on penalty kicks). All of this from a team that was 11-12-7 overall, 40 points and a fifth place seed in the Western Conference. They scored 43 goals, tied for 2nd in the MLS and gave up 37 good for 7th in the MLS.

* There are four members of Real Salt Lake who used to be members of the Columbus Crew: Ned Grabavoy, Andy Williams, Chris Wingert and RSL assistant coach Robin Fraser.

* Two days prior to Real Salt Lake’s 2010 home opener, the team announced that Captain and Midfielder Kyle Beckerman has signed a four-year contract extension until the end of the 2013 season.

* The Crew returns to action next Saturday, May 1, at Seattle in a match that will kick off at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time at Qwest Field. the game will be televised regionally on ONN-TV.

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