Keselowski takes his second victory in front of a home crowd at Michigan!!
NNS points leader #22 Brad Keselowski had the pole for today’s Carfax 250, with #00 Ryan Truex alongside in just his second Nationwide Series start. Keselowski would lead from the green as today marked the second outing for NASCAR’s new NNS car after its debut at Daytona.
By lap 25 of the125 lap event, Keselowski maintained the lead with the rest of the top-ten as Truex, #38 Jason Leffler, #98 Paul Menard, #60 Carl Edwards, #18 Kyle Busch, #16 Colin Braun, #99 Trevor Bayne, #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.and #32 Reed Sorenson. NNS part-timer, Danica Patrick, held the 32nd position. Green flag pit stops commenced around lap 35, and after the field cycled through, Keselowski and Truex still held the top-two spots.
Lap 50 showed Keselowski with more than a ten second lead over the rest of the field, behind him the top-ten were Menard, Leffler, Truex, Bayne, Busch, Edwards, #20 Joey Logan, Sorenson and #12 Justin Allgaier. Lap 62 brought the first yellow for debris from problems with the #43 of Chase Austin. The leaders would pit, and off pit road the top-ten were Menard, Keselowski, Bayne, Logano, Truex, Leffler, Edwards, Sorenson, Allgaier, and Stenhouse Jr. On the restart Menard, Keselowski, Edwards and Logano battled for the lead, Menard finally claiming it with 55 to go. Edwards would take the top spot five laps later, only to surrender it to Keselowski with 40 to go.
With 100 laps gone in the Carfax 250, Keselowski was the race leader, with Edwards, Harvick, Bayne, Menard, Allgaier, Busch, Logano, #15 Michael Annett and Braun making up the top-ten. The last round of pit stops started with 23 to go, and after the leaders cycled through, Edwards was the new leader. The second yellow of today’s event would come on lap 111 after contact between #66 Steven Wallace and #23 Robert Richardson Jr. sent the #23 scraping the wall. Some of the lead pack would elect to pit, but fresh tires were not enough to catch Keselowski, as racing resumed with ten to go and the #22 jumped to the lead. Edwards, Menard, Allgaier, Logano, Braun, Busch, Stenhouse Jr., Bayne and Sorenson rounded out the top-ten.
In the final laps Keselowski left the field behind, going on to take his fourth victory of the season; his tenth NNS career win. Edwards held off Busch for second; they were followed by Allgaier, Menard, Logano, #8 Elliott Sadler, Sorenson, Braun (highest finishing rookie), and Harvick. Keselowski now extends his lead over Edwards in the championship points standings to 347. Of note, Danica Patrick finished 27th today.