No. 2 Stars, Stripes and Lites Ford Fusion – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 8th
Stage 2: 36th
Laps Completed: 53/168
Laps Led: 9
Driver Point Standings (behind leader): 5th (-153)
- Brad Keselowski’s night in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway ended way too early on Saturday evening. The driver of the Stars, Stripes, and Lites Ford was jockeying for the lead on lap 54. He received a big push from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the entrance to Turn 3. Race leader William Byron threw a block, Keselowski backed off and got hit from behind, triggering a 24-car pileup and ending his night. Keselowski was credited with a 36th-place finish.
- Keselowski qualified third during time trials on Friday afternoon. When the race started, he stayed in the bottom lane which proved to be a disadvantage. The outside line had more movement but Keselowski was stuck in line on the bottom, shuffling him to mid-pack. But as Stage 1 neared its conclusion, Keselowski mounted a late rally to climb up to eighth position by the end of the 40-lap segment.
- He pitted during the stage caution on lap 43 for right-side tires and an air pressure adjustment to aid a car that was loose on entry and tight on corner exit. The call by crew chief Paul Wolfe gave Keselowski the lead during the caution on lap 44 and he held it through the restart on lap 52. Unfortunately, his night ended just two laps later.
- Keselowski is fifth in the MENCS driver standings, 153 points behind the leader.
Quote: “Ricky (Stenhouse) was doing the best he could to give me a good push. I had a great run to take the lead and the car in front of me just threw a late, bad block. I made the mistake of lifting instead of just driving through him and that’s my fault. I know better than that. I’ve got to wreck more people and then they’ll stop blocking me late and behind like that. That’s my fault.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!