Keselowski Overcame A Rough Daytona

Brad Keselowski


No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski

Start: 35th

Stage 1: 16th

Stage 2:  4th

Finish:  12th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 207/207

Laps Led: 0

Driver Point Standings (behind leader): 11th (-20)


  • Brad Keselowski overcame a rough and tumble afternoon to score a respectable 12th-place finish in the Daytona 500 Sunday evening at Daytona International Speedway. The driver of the Discount Tire Ford was involved in three separate incidents during the afternoon but overcome to altercations and the resulting cosmetic damage to his Mustang to finish on the lead lap. Keselowski leaves Daytona 11th in the MENCS driver standings, -20 points behind the leader.
  • Keselowski had worked his way into contention as the race entered its closing laps. He lined up seventh in line when the race went green on lap 184, just 16 laps from the scheduled finish of the event. But Erik Jones failed to come up to speed on the restart, bogging down the inside line of cars and shuffling Keselowski all the way to the tail end of the pack.
  • On lap 188, Keselowski cut a tire and spun at the exit of turn 4 but surprisingly avoided contact with other cars but fell a lap down to the leaders. He pitted for four tires and rejoined the pack.
  • Keselowski avoided a multi-car accident on lap 192 and received the free pass back onto the lead lap. He restarted 17th in line when the race went green on lap 194. Two laps later Keselowski was hit by Ty Dillon as they scattered to avoid a seven-car car incident triggered by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Larson but the damage was minimal and he restarted 11th on lap 198.
  • On lap 200 Keselowski again found himself in the middle of a melee. This time he, William Byron and Brendan Gaughan bounced off each other in turn 3 in the midst of a nine car pileup. But even though Keselowski made contact with both his fellow competitors and the outside wall, he was able to continue – stay on the lead lap. He survived the final restart of the race on lap 205 and two laps later collected a 12th-place finish. 

Quote: “We got in a good spot with about 20 or so to go and I guess the 20 car (Erik Jones) ran out of fuel. The line failed and we all the way to the back. And then we got caught up in two wrecks not of our making. We just never can get anything to go our way on these deals. I’m confident when they do we can win. We don’t have to have good luck but we can’t have all the bad luck we’ve been having.”


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