Kes Trounces His Competition At Martinsville

Brad Keselowski

No. 2 REESE/Draw-Tite Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski

Start: 3rd

Stage 1: 1st

Stage 2: 1st

Finish: 1st

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 500/500

Laps Led: 446

Driver Point Standings (behind first): 5th (-37)

Notes: 

  • Brad Keselowski delivered the most dominating performances of his NASCAR career Sunday afternoon on the way to winning the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Keselowski led twice for 446 of 500 laps and crossed the finish line .594 seconds ahead of Chase Elliott. The win was Keselowski’s second of the 2019 season and second in 19 races at Martinsville. The driver of the REESE/Draw-Tire Ford claimed his fourth top-five finish in six races this season. He is fifth in MENCS driver standings, 37 points behind the leader. 
  • Keselowski started third in the 500-lap race and grabbed the lead from teammate Joey Logano on lap 6.  He led the next 319 laps, winning both Stage 1 and Stage 2 – his first stage wins of the 2019 season. The only time Keselowski lost the lead was on lap 325 when Chase Elliott passed him.
  • He was running second when the sixth caution slowed the pace on lap 373. A round of pit stops for the leaders followed one lap later, and excellent pit work by the REESE/Draw-Tite team gave Keselowski the lead, which he never relinquished.   
  • But as the race entered its final stretch, Elliott and others in the top-five had one more chance.  The seventh and final caution waved on lap 447 setting up one final round of pit stops on lap 448.  Once again the No. 2 crew was flawless on pit lane, keeping their driver in the lead.  Keselowski survived the restart on lap 455 and steadily inched away from Elliott over the stretch run to the checkered flag, beating his rival to the checkered flag by two car lengths (officially measured at .594 seconds). 
  • The No. 2 REESE/Draw-Tire pit crew pitched the equivalent of a perfect game Sunday afternoon at Martinsville.  They made six pit stops during the 500-lap race and kept Keselowski in the lead after every visit to the pit lane. 

Quote: “The Draw-Tite Ford Mustang was really strong. It’s just a great day for our team, awesome execution on pit road and big credit to Doug Yates and all the engine guys. Today was just one of those days you dream of as a race car driver. Chase Elliott was really strong. He passed me with about 200 to go and I watched him and studied him and knew what I had to do to hold him off and we were able to pull it off that last run.”

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

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