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Penske's Indy struggles continue in Cup series

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm •  Published: July 27, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brad Keselowski and Juan Pablo Montoya came to Indianapolis trying to send Roger Penske back to Victory Lane.

They never got a chance Sunday.

Montoya — making his second NASCAR start of the year — dropped nine spots in the first 10 laps, Keselowski's hopes were dashed by a string of bad luck and Joey Logano's fifth-place finish wasn't good enough to give their team owner the one major trophy missing from his mantle, the Brickyard 400.

"We just haven't been able to put the total package together here," Keselowski said after finishing 12th. "We had some speed. We just couldn't get it done."

The Captain's two biggest race teams have been sunk by the strangest of slides at Indianapolis, the 2.5-mile oval that made him a household name in racing and business.

He won a record 15 Indianapolis 500 titles between 1972 and 2009, and Keselowski gave Penske his biggest win in the Cup series with the 2012 points title.

But aside from Keselowski's 2012 win in the inaugural Nationwide race on the 2.5-mile oval, little has gone right for Penske in Indianapolis. His open-wheel team has gone five years without a win thanks to everything from loose lug nuts to poorly timed pit stops to crashes. And Penske still doesn't own a win in the Brickyard.

Some thought that history might change with Montoya, a Cup veteran and the 2000 Indy champ, and Keselowski and Logano, both in the top 10 in points, all three starting in the top 10.

Instead, trouble struck again.

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