No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 24th
Laps Completed: 267/267
Laps Led: 0
Driver Point Standings (behind first): 4th (-107)
- Brad Keselowski started fifth in the KC Masterpiece 400 Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski stayed in the tire tracks of the leaders throughout Stage 1, finishing the 82-lap segment in third position. The driver of the Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion said that the track started to tighten up by the end of the run. He pitted on lap 84 during the stage caution for four tires and restarted third when the race went green on lap 88.
- Stage 2 was tough stretch for Keselowski and the team. Thinking he had a vibration, Keselowski made an unscheduled stop under green for tires on lap 106. On lap 120 he made another unscheduled stop under green, again for a vibration. The sequence dropped him two laps down to the leaders and when the segment ended on lap 162 he was running in 24th position. Keselowski pitted on lap 164 for four tires and adjustments but was outside the top 20 when Stage 3 began on lap 167.
- The final 100-lap segment featured a hardscrabble effort by Keselowski and the No. 2 team to get back onto the lead lap and contend for a respectable finish. He made a scheduled stop for four tires on lap 214, giving him the opportunity to take the wave around to regain a lost lap during the fourth caution on lap 238. The fifth yellow on lap 249 gave the team the opportunity to pit for four tires. He restarted 18th as the first car one lap down on lap 252. Two laps later, Keselowski narrowly missed a seven-car pileup on the frontstretch and received the free pass back onto the lead lap. He restarted 14th for the final nine-lap dash to the finish but couldn’t work his way closer to the front.
- Keselowski was credited with a 14th-place finish in the final rundown. He is fourth in the MENCS driver standings, 107 points behind the leader.
Quotes: “Tonight was a blue-collar race for sure. I’m glad we got a solid finish out of what was going to be a bad night at Kansas Speedway.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!