Kes Made A Late Race Charge In The LS Tractor 200

Brad Keselowski

No. 12 XPEL Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski

Start: 4th

Stage 1: 7th

Stage 2: 13th

Finish: 4th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 7

Driver Point Standings (behind first): n/a


Brad Keselowski made a late-race rally to score a fourth-place finish in the LS Tractor 200 Saturday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway. Keselowski grabbed his 12th top-five finish in 21 races at Phoenix and racked up to seventh consecutive top-10 at the one-mile desert oval.

Keselowski qualified fourth for the 200-lap, 200-mile race. The balance on the No. 12 XPEL Mustang was tight during the early laps of Stage 1. Crew chief Matt Swiderski made the call to pit during the first caution on lap 33 for four tires. Keselowski restarted 22nd with nine laps left in the stage and rallied through the field to claim a seventh-place finish when the segment ended on lap 45. He stayed out when the other leaders pitted during the stage caution and led the field when Stage 2 went green on lap 55.

The driver of the XPEL Ford settled into fifth moments after the race went green and once again wrestled a tight-handling Mustang during Stage 2. He pitted for four tires on lap 86, with just four laps remaining in the stage and finished 13th when the segment ended on lap 90. Once again, he stayed out during the stage caution and restarted 10th when the race went green on lap 92.

As the laps ticked off in the final stage, Keselowski was able to work his way up in the running order but fought a No. 12 Mustang that was too tight. He pitted for four tires and chassis adjustment on lap 130. On the restart, Daniel Hemric dove below Keselowski in Turn 2. The cars touched and Keselowski scraped against the outside wall but escaped with no major damage, but he was shuffled back to 10th for the restart on lap 153.

From there the rally was on with Keselowski steadily moving up through the top-10. He climbed up to fifth position by lap 172 when he passed Justin Haley and was chasing down Kyle Busch when he simply ran out of laps and was forced to settle for a fourth-place finish.

Quote: “We started off and the XPEL Ford was really tight. We made some adjustments and got to that next to last restart and got wrecked but recovered from that and drove through the field. I think we would have had a shot to win if we didn’t have to come from so far behind. Everyone on the XPEL Ford worked hard and got us in position there at the end. We gave it our all and I gave it all I had but it just wasn’t enough.”


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