No. 2 Wurth Ford Fusion – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 15th
Stage 2: 4th
Laps Completed: 337/337
Laps Led: 50
Playoff Standings (behind ninth): 10th (-24)
- Brad Keselowski scored a 12th-place finish in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski is 10th in the MENCS driver standings, 24 points behind ninth-place Ryan Blaney.
- The driver of the Wurth Ford Fusion started fifth and ran well in the opening laps despite being loose and needing rear grip. He was third when he pitted during a competition caution on lap 32 but a speeding penalty entering the pits shuffled him to 25th-place for the restart. Keselowski fought his way through traffic to score a 15th-place finish when Stage 1 ended on lap 85. He pitted for four tires and air pressure adjustments during the stage caution on lap 88 and restarted 12th when the race went green.
- Keselowski was up to sixth position when he felt a vibration and pitted under green on lap 133, 17 laps before the leaders made their stops. Once the green flag cycle was complete by lap 153, Keselowski was back on the lead lap and scored a fourth-place finish when the stage ended on lap 170. Crew chief Paul Wolfe called for right-side tires during the stage caution on lap 172, moving Keselowski up to second-place for the restart on lap 176.
- Armed with track position and clean air, Keselowski grabbed the lead from Joey Logano on the restart and led the next 50 laps. The fifth caution on lap 226 set up a round of pit stops one lap later. Keselowski received four tires and no adjustments and restarted third on lap 230.
- Unfortunately, he was forced to make an unscheduled stop on lap 252 for a loose wheel, dropping him two laps behind. But the race stayed green through the next pit cycle and Keselowski was able to make up the lost distance. He was seventh in the running order when caution came out on lap 298. He said his No. 2 Ford Fusion was free on exit and tight in the center of the corner. The team changed four tires during a round of stops that followed on lap 299, but a variety of strategies among the leaders dropped Keselowski to 12th position for the restart on lap 302.
- Over the final 32 laps, Keselowski was unable to rally closer to the front. He briefly flirted with 10th-place before crossing the finish line in 12th position.
Quote: “Our Wurth Ford Fusion ran well today, but we didn’t get the finish we deserved. We’ll move on to Phoenix next week and try to get a win out there.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!