No. 2 Wabash National Ford Fusion – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 15th
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 0
Driver Point Standings (behind leader): 7th (-264)
- Brad Keselowski scored a 17th-place finish in the Go Bowling at The Glen Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. Keselowski remains seventh in the MENCS driver standings, 264 points behind the leader. In nine starts at Watkins Glen, Keselowski has completed 807 of 812 possible laps (99.38 percent).
- Keselowski started 17th in the 90-lap race. During Stage 1, crew chief Paul Wolfe decided not to pit during the 20-lap segment, giving Keselowski a fifth-place finish. The driver of the Wabash National Ford reported that he was struggling with rear grip in addition to being both tight and loose. He pitted during the stage caution on lap 22 for four tires and fuel and adjustments. A mix of pit strategies among the leaders shuffled him back to 20th when the race went green on lap 24.
- Despite an initial loss of track position, Keselowski was able to gain a few positions during Stage 2. He cleanly picked his way through traffic to score a 15th-place finish when the stage concluded on lap 40. Keselowski pitted for four tires and adjustments on lap 42 during the stage caution. Several leaders had once again decided to pit before the conclusion of the segment and then stayed out during the caution Keselowski was shuffled back to 25th position for the restart on lap 44. But over the next 10 laps, Keselowski was able to climb through the field. He was up to 16th when the fourth and final caution slowed the pace on lap 55.
- Crew chief Paul Wolfe made the call for fuel only when Keselowski pitted one lap later. While leaving the pits, Keselowski stopped to avoid members of Denny Hamlin’s team who had completed a four-tire stop in the pit stall ahead of him. He restarted ninth when the race went green on lap 58.
- The final stage was challenging for the driver of the No. 12 Ford Fusion. His handling woes continued, especially off Turn 11. He was running 20th with just 13 laps to go. He was able to find a burst of speed in the closing laps of the race moving up to 17th position at the checkered flag.
Quote: “I want to thank everyone at Wabash National for coming on board with us this weekend. We had a tough day for sure but we’ll bounce back strong next week at Michigan.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!