No. 2 Miller Lite Holiday Knitwear Ford – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 2nd
Laps Completed: 312/312
Laps Led: 32
Point Standings (behind fifth): 8th (-11)
- Brad Keselowski had one of his best-career runs at Phoenix International Raceway, finishing second in Sunday’s Can-Am 500, the penultimate race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season.
- Keselowski qualified his No. 2 Miller Lite Holiday Knitwear Ford Fusion 12th on Friday, but showed he had a lot more speed as soon as the race started, quickly driving into the top-10 just five laps into the event.
- Keselowski was quiet on the radio and fast on the track, racing his way up to fifth at the end of stage one. He told crew chief Paul Wolfe that his car was loose in and off on both ends of the track, to which Wolfe made an air pressure adjustment during the first pit stop on lap 78.
- Keselowski was a constant threat inside the top-five for the rest of the afternoon in his specially-designed Miller Lite Ford. He would finish stage two in the second position.
- The former Cup Series champion look the lead for the first time following a round of pit stops on lap 232. He would lead twice on the afternoon for a total of 32 laps.
- Nearing the race’s conclusion, Keselowski slipped to sixth when several competitors behind him pitted for four tires. Another late-race caution allowed Wolfe to bring the No. 2 down pit road again for four fresh tires while the leaders stayed out
- Over the final 20 laps, Keselowski was able to race from eighth to second with the fresh tires, but ultimately ran out of time to catch eventual race winner Kyle Busch.
Quote: “We definitely made the right call to pit. It just didn’t quite work out. Man, it was close. I needed to pass the 10 like a lap earlier and we were all racing for all we’ve got. It was close. I was definitely faster, it was just too much.”
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