Keselowski Grabs A Podium Finish At ACS

Brad Keseloswski

No. 2 Wurth Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski

Start: 13th

Stage 1: 18th

Stage 2: 2nd

Finish: 3rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 42

Driver Point Standings (behind first): 5th (-29)

Notes: 

  • Brad Keselowski scored a third-place finish in the Auto Cub 400 Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway. The driver of the Wurth Ford Mustang scored his third top-five in five races this season and moved up three positions in the MENCS driver standings, moving up to fifth-place, 29 points behind the leader.
  • Keselowski earned the 13th-place starting position in qualifying Friday afternoon. He struggled with the handling on the No. 2 Wurth Mustang during Stage 1 of the race. It didn’t help matters when he scraped the wall in Turn 2 on lap 42 while battling Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for 10th position. He was running 13th when the first yellow flag slowed the race on lap 57. Keselowski pitted one lap later for four tires and repairs to the wrinkled right-side of his Mustang. He was credited with an 18th-place finish when the segment concluded on lap 60. Keselowski stayed out during the stage caution and restarted 11th when the race went green on lap 68.
  • During Stage 2, the Wurth Mustang came to life. Keselowski steadily worked his way through traffic, moving up to second-place by lap 87. He made a four-tire stop under green on lap 90, but excellent pit work by the No. 2 crew kept Keselowski hot on the trail of leader Kyle Busch. Keselowski finished second when the stage ended on lap 120. He pitted during the stage caution on lap 123 for four tires and adjustments and took the lead when Busch was penalized for excessive speed leaving the pits. 
  • Keselowski held the lead for the next 38 laps, building up an advantage of nearly five seconds over his nearest rival. He made a scheduled pit stop under green on lap 161 for four tires and adjustments.
  • On lap 165, the complexion of the race changed when a caution came out before the green flag pit cycle was completed, moving Busch who hadn’t pitted, into the lead with Keselowski in third. A round of pit stops followed under caution one lap later with Keselowski getting four tires and lining up third with the race went green on lap 169, 31 laps from finish. He muscled his way into the lead on lap 170, leading the next three laps, before teammate Joey Logano and eventual race winner Busch found a way around him. Try as he might, Keselowski could get no closer to the front, crossing the finish line in third-place. 

Quote: “We were really good and got to the lead there on that last run but I just couldn’t quite keep it there. It was a good effort by everyone on the Wurth team and we were right there in position to win the race. We gave it all we had. I got in front of him (Busch) and tried my best to hold him off but we just fell off too much.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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