No. 2 Wester Star/Alliance Parts Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 1st – Sixth stage win of the 2020 season
Finish: 1st – Third win of the 2020 season
Laps Completed: 301/301
Laps Led: 184
Point Standings (behind first): 2nd (-81)
Brad Keselowski scored his third win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in dominating fashion Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski led the most laps, won Stage 2, and crossed the finish line -nearly two seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin to score the victory. The driver of the Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford Mustang grabbed his second victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He is second in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings, 81 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.
Keselowski started fourth and was a part of some fiercely close racing throughout Stage 1. He was running second when he pitted during a caution on lap 63, just 12 laps from the end of the segment. After restarting 12th, Keselowski rallied over the final eight green flag laps to score a fifth-place stage finish.
The driver of the No. 2 Mustang ran inside the top-five throughout Stage 2. He and Denny Hamlin raced hard for the lead throughout the segment. He cleared Hamlin for the lead on lap 146 and began to pull away, building up a three-second lead as the stage drew to a close. A caution on lap 179 set up a two-lap dash to the finish. Keselowski and Hamlin raced hard for the stage win, with Keselowski edging his rival by a car length for the stage win, his sixth of the 2020 season.
Once again crew chief Jeremy Bullins made call to stay on the track during the stage caution. Keselowski was leading when he pitted during a caution on lap 205 for four tires and fuel. A mix of strategies shuffled him back to 10th for the restart on lap 208 but quickly worked his way through the field.
He passed Hamlin for the lead on lap 221 and led the final 81 laps, steadily pulling away from the field. The race stayed green and Keselowski remained out front, collecting his 33rd-career Cup Series victory.
Quotes: “I’m really proud of my Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford Mustang team and the effort that they gave today. Thank you to everyone at Team Penske. It’s so great to be racing back in front of fans again. I’m just really thankful. I’m in a great spot here and hungry for more wins. I think this is my fifth straight year with three wins, but I don’t want to stop there. I want us to keep going and I know this team can do it.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!