Hampton, GA – If not for issues on pit road, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth could easily have been banging on the door with Kevin Harvick for the race win in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. No, seriously.
Harvick, led all but a handful of laps today, but Keselowski and Kenseth had to overcome multiple pit road incidents each.
Kenseth, was running sub 30th place for most of the first half of the day as he was caught speeding on pit road twice. He would quietly make up ground and in the end, there he was back on the lead lap running inside the top 10.
Kenseth, would finish a surprising third on Sunday.
For Keselowski, he would have to short pit in the second stage due to a right front tire issue. That allowed him to take over the lead when everyone else pitted, but with older tires, they’d swallow him up. He’d still stay in the top five for the rest of the way.
Until a costly pit road error.
Keselowski, would exit pit road first with 61 laps-to-go, but they didn’t get all the lugnuts on his left rear tire. He’d have to give up the lead under caution with 59 to go to come back and change his tires. They’d fall to outside the top 10 and look down and out.
But, his car was fast enough to overcome it and he’d steadily move up to the top five. Then, with Harvick’s costly pit road error himself, Keselowski was there to capitalize.
He’d restart third and take over the lead with six to go and never look back.
These two have a testament that you never give up.