Track: Dover International Speedway
Race: AAA 400 Drive For Autism
Date: May 6, 2018
No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 2nd
Laps Completed: 400/400
Laps Led: 108
Driver Point Standings (behind first): 5th (-101)
- Brad Keselowski started eighth in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and wasted little time getting to the front. The driver of the Miller Lite Ford Fusion efficiently worked his way through traffic and during the opening laps of Stage 1. He grabbed the lead from Alex Bowman on lap 48 and held the top spot for the next 60 laps. As the laps ticked off to complete the opening stage, Keselowski’s chief competition was his fuel gauge. He went into an aggressive fuel-saving mode in an effort to make it to the end of the segment. Although he dropped to third-place, he safely made it to the end of Stage 1 on lap 120 – although his car sputtered just before he made his scheduled pit stop on lap 122. He made a four-tire stop plus a wedge adjustment and restarted second when Stage 2 began on lap 127.
- Keselowski was running second at the time of the fourth caution. He made a four-tire stop on lap 154 and excellent pit work put Keselowski into the lead. He held the top spot for the next 46 laps before Kevin Harvick took the lead on lap 200. Keselowski stayed within striking distance of Harvick until Stage 2 concluded on lap 240. He made a scheduled stop for four tires, fuel, and air pressure adjustment and lined up second when the race went green on lap 248.
- During Stage 3, Keselowski continued to run well – but in the second position. During the seventh caution on lap 273, crew chief Paul Wolfe made the call for a change of right-side tires. Keselowski fell back to sixth-place on the restart but was running fifth when the race was red-flagged for rain in lap 320. After a 41-minute delay, the race resumed with a round of pit stops under caution on lap 322. The exchange was unkind to Keselowski and the No 2 team. Keselowski was shuffled back into the eighth position when the race went green on lap 325. Lover the final 75 laps, Keselowski worked his way back up to the sixth position but could not get farther up the leaderboard.
- Keselowski is fifth in the MENCS driver standings, 101 points behind the leader.
Quotes: “We led some laps which was good. We kind of fell apart on the last two runs. We’ll just keep working on it. The rain wasn’t a big deal for us. It was equal and fair for everyone. NASCAR did a good job cleaning the track up and getting us going.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!