Brad Keselowski Wins Quaker State 400 on Fumes on Saturday Night

SPARTA, KY – Brad Keselowski may have surpassed Kyle Busch as the new “king” of the Kentucky Speedway, as Busch won last year’s race for the second time of his career giving him six top 10’s in six tries. He was pretty much considered the top dog at northern Kentucky track.

But, Keselowski was right there with him with two wins himself entering this weekend, as he too has been stellar at the 1.5-mile track.

But, tonight was the great equalizer.

The track got a repave in the offseason and a slight change in the turns as far as banking and the wideness goes, as that mixed with the low downforce package would separate the two drivers and the other 38 racing in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400.

When the checkered flag flew, it was Keselowski taking it first again, as the Michigan native saved enough fuel in the end to cruise to his 21st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and third of his career at Kentucky.

In fact, Keselowski has won all three of his Kentucky races in the last five years, as he’s literally won in every other year in the Bluegrass State.

Tonight’s win didn’t come easy though, as the Team Penske driver went the final 72 laps without pitting as he even sputtered coming to the white flag.

Keselowski had over a six second lead with two laps-to-go, but Edwards cut two seconds off that deficit on the next lap, then down to nothing after taking the white flag, as Edwards caught Keselowski down the front stretch and appeared that he would pass a slow moving Keselowski and cruise to the win himself.

But, Keselowski ended up getting his No. 2 Miller Lite Ford back under power and he held off he furious charge by Edwards to win for a second straight week and for a series high fourth time this season.

Edwards had to settle for second while Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart stretched their fuel as well to nab top five finishes coming home third through fifth respectively.

The race was a wild one with 11 cautions taking out several contenders early.

Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano had single car accidents while rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney got into one another as well as all four crashed out tonight.

The series heads to New Hampshire next week as Keselowski will try to go for three in-a-row.

Quaker State 400 Results:

  1.  2 Keselowski
  2. 19 Edwards
  3. 31 Newman
  4. 41 Kurt Busch
  5. 14 Stewart
  6. 16 Biffle
  7.  1 McMurray
  8. 20 Kenseth
  9.  4 Harvick
  10. 78 Truex Jr.
  11.  6 Bayne
  12. 18 Kyle Busch
  13. 88 Earnhardt Jr.
  14.  5 Kahne
  15. 11 Hamlin
  16.  3 Dillon
  17. 10 Patrick -1
  18. 27 Menard -1
  19. 42 Larson -1
  20. 43 Almirola -1
  21. 98 Whitt -1
  22. 23 Ragan -2
  23. 15 Bowyer -2
  24. 30 Wise -3
  25. 95 Dillon -3
  26. 46 Annett -3
  27. 55 Sorenson -5
  28. 32 Earnhardt -5
  29. 38 Cassill -6
  30. 13 Mears -21
  31. 24 Elliott R -57
  32. 48 Johnson OUT
  33. 44 Scott R OUT
  34.  7 Smith OUT
  35. 21 Blaney R -124
  36. 47 Allmendinger OUT
  37. 34 Buescher R OUT
  38. 83 DiBenedetto OUT
  39. 22 Logano OUT
  40. 17 Stenhouse Jr. OUT

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