Track: Watkins Glen International
Race: Zippo 200 The Glen
Date: August 4, 2018
No. 12 Wabash National Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 13th
Stage 2: 7th
Laps Completed: 82/82
Laps Led: 26
Owner Points Position (behind the leader): -571
- Brad Keselowski scored a 10th-place finish in the Zippo 200 at The Glen Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. In four series starts this season, Keselowski has finished 10th or better in all four series starts this season and claimed his ninth top-10 finish in 10 starts at the 2.450-mile road course.
- Keselowski kicked off his afternoon at Watkins Glen by claiming the second-place starting position for the race, just being edged out for the top starting position by teammate Joey Logano.
- The 82-lap race had a bit of everything, from racing in the rain to intense side-by-side racing. Keselowski rain second during the early laps of Stage 1, saying that his No. 12 Wabash National Ford Mustang was loose and needed more rear grip. He made a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 18 for four tires and adjustments and was credited with a 13th-place finish when Stage 1 finished on lap 20. The call by crew chief Matt Swiderski paid off when other cars ahead of Keselowski pitted during the stage caution, moving the driver of the Wabash National Ford Mustang into the lead when Stage 2 went green on lap 24.
- Keselowski was leading when raindrops began to fall on lap 28. During the third caution period on lap 30, NASCAR opened the pits so teams could install wet weather tires. Keselowski pitted on lap 30 and lined up in 10th-place for the restart on lap 32. As the rain intensified, Keselowski stayed on the racetrack and out of harm’s way. Swiderski chose to pit under caution on lap 37 and put on dry weather tires for the two-lap dash to end Stage 2. Keselowski gained seven positions during those two laps, finishing seventh in during the second segment. Once again Keselowski would cycle back into the lead when the final stage went green on lap 44.
- Keselowski was leading the race on lap 51 when he made his final stop for four tires. He cycled back into the race lead on lap 63 holding off Kyle Larson. He held the lead for the next 10 laps until the restart following the seventh caution. Keselowski restarted as the leader but found himself in the middle of a three-wide battle for the lead on entering Turn 1. He emerged in second, just behind teammate Joey Logano. For the next five laps, the Team Penske drivers raced hard for the lead. At the entrance to Turn 1 with three laps to go, Keselowski’s car slipped sideways in hot pursuit of the leader. Keselowski spun but quickly recovered to finish in 10th-position.
Quote: “I’m really proud of Matt and all the guys at Team Penske for giving me such a great Wabash National Ford Mustang. We just came up a little short today.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!