Originally Published: July 14, 2014

Brad Keselowski's Dream Weekend

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By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

You get so tired of hearing it. "Track position was" -- now fill in the blank: important, crucial, vital, key, everything -- "today."

Couldn't someone just overcome it, just keep driving back to the front and stop leaning on "aero push" and all those engineering terms that have become such tedious excuses in NASCAR?

Finally, Sunday, someone did. Brad Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe took the track position bogeyman by the scruff of the neck, slapped it around, knocked it flat, walked away and forgot about it.

They dominated every which way, and won at the ultimate haunted house of track position, New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Matt Sullivan/Getty ImagesBrad Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe, left, celebrated their third Cup win of 2014 on Sunday.

In the process, they made a pretty nice show of their de facto runaway. Each caution period, they would take four tires while most competitors were taking two, and Keselowski would -- as other drivers might whine -- lose track position, sometimes dropping out of the top 10.

And then he would drive right back up through the field. Time and again. Dominant car and driver, but good show as he kept passing cars on the way back to the front.

"When you have cars like we did today," Wolfe said of the No. 2 Ford to reporters at the track, "it's almost like your competition is always going to do the opposite of what you do, and that kind of happened the first stop when we went with four and everyone [else] did two. ... I think it was within 10 laps we were back in the lead.

"From that point, I felt pretty good about the strength of our car and what Brad was able to do moving through traffic."

At the very end they did take two tires, and Keselowski could have used aero push as an excuse for having trouble getting by Jeff Gordon to take the lead for keeps, but he didn't.

Not even a green-white-checkered finish could stop him, as Kevin Harvick, starting alongside, ran out of gas immediately and Keselowski blasted away from everyone else.

Team owner Roger Penske, who has employed a driver or two (dozen) in his day, pointed out: "At the end of the day, you can't have a great car if you don't have the best driver, and I can tell you today there was nobody that could beat him. And it was just great execution by everybody."

Speaking of execution, remember how, when Keselowski won the Cup in 2012, there was discussion that he and Wolfe might be emerging to challenge Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus as the best driver-crew chief tandem in NASCAR?

Then that discussion faded last year as the No. 2 team stumbled through bad luck and blown engines and didn't even come close to repeating.

Well, now they're back. Just take Sunday, when Wolfe and the crew executed and Keselowski drove, without gimmicks. Johnson crashed out early after Knaus sent him out on treacherously low-tire pressures that bit the 48 team.

Keselowski became the first driver ever to sweep a NASCAR weekend at New Hampshire, having run away with the Nationwide race on Saturday.

For Keselowski and Wolfe, this made three Cup wins this season, two in the past three races, and really two in a row, if you figure that Casino de Daytona and its rain-interrupted plate race last week can't be counted as typical on the tour.

"I'm committed to winning another championship," Keselowski said.

And you know what? A championship seems more within the grasp of a stronger Team Penske now than it did at this point in 2012.

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