KANSAS CITY, KS – No one wants to go to Talladega Superspeeday next week with championship hopes on the line. After a disaster filled race last weekend in Charlotte, Brad Keselowski felt a good finish on Sunday afternoon at the Kansas Speedway would practically give him a “lay up” into the third round.
Keselowski, finished seventh in the Bank of America 500 last week, and with that finish, he had a 22 point advantage over the final transfer spot to the Round of 8 in the Chase. Another top 10 in today’s Hollywood Casino 400 would surely give him a ton of room to where he wouldn’t need luck at Talladega to advance to the next round.
Keselowski, went as far to say that due to the points structure of the Chase and everyone’s struggles last week, that he’d take it easy this weekend in Kansas in search of a solid finish as a result of that move. Unfortunately, he made a mistake with 71 laps-to-go and was involved in an accident with Denny Hamlin exiting Turn 4.
Keselowski, tried to pass Hamlin and came up in front of him, but unfortunately for the Team Penske driver, his No. 2 Ford wobbled causing Hamlin to run in the back of him. It forced his car to the infield grass damaging his front end badly.
They’d have to go behind the wall to fix it, but he’d 38th finish as a result. With all this being said, Keselowski lost seven spots in the standings as he’s now 11th and seven points out of the final transfer spot heading to the final race of the second round next weekend at Talladega.
This is unfortunate for him as he was tied with Kyle Busch with the most wins in the regular season with four. He also had seven straight top 10’s and nine top 10’s in his last 10 races entering this weekend.
Now, he’s going to have to have a good run next weekend or he will be eliminated.