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NASCAR At Indy: Brad Keselowski Leads Brickyard 400 At Halfway

Legendary car owner Roger Penske has 15 wins in the Indianapolis 500, but until Brad Keselowski won Saturday's Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis, he had never tasted victory in a stock car race at the Speedway.

Keselowski is doing his best to bring The Captain a win in the Sprint Cup series at Indy, leading at the halfway point in the 19th-annual Brickyard 400. Keselowski's crew chief, Paul Wolfe has used a different pit strategy that the other leaders - staying out under a caution period and then pitting under green several laps later to get the benefit of four fresh tires - to get the No. 2 Dodge out front with Hendrick teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon closing from behind.

Greg Biffle holds down the fourth position, with Kyle Busch running fifth.

The No. 2 machine has endured plenty of near-misses at Indianapolis. Rusty Wallace was well on his way to a win in the 1995 event before a near-miss on pit road forced him to slow down. Dale Earnhardt snatched the lead and raced to the win. In 2000, Wallace dominated but was passed late by eventual series champ Bobby Labonte and rode to another runner-up finish.

Finally, Wallace was out front in the closing stages of the 2002 race before a dominant Bill Elliott ran him down and relegated him to a third bridesmaid result.

Penske's other Sprint Cup efforts have also failed to taste Indy glory, but the heartbreak he went through with Wallace would certainly make the victory especially sweet for Penske if it is the Miller Lite car pulling into victory lane at race's end.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.