Brad Keselowski Earns 1st Career Speedweeks Victory With Clash Domination

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Brad Keselowski tweeted before Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona that he would win the race later on in the afternoon. Well, he called his shot. Keselowski, became the third driver in the last four years of the Clash to start 15th or worse and reach victory lane. The Team Penske driver started last in 17th.

Keselowski, quickly drove through the field in leading a race-high 43 of the 75 laps en route to his first Daytona Speedweeks victory of his career. It was pure domination. The 43 laps led moved him into sixth on the all-time laps leader list of the annual preseason race at the Daytona International Speedway. 

Keselowski, first grabbed the lead on Lap 28 and would go on to lead 43 of the final 48 laps in his No. 2 Ford. It was Penske’s second straight Clash victory and the 18th win for either Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing or Hendrick Motorsports in the last 19 Daytona Speedweeks races.

It was also a 1-2 finish for Penske as last year’s winner Joey Logano brought his No. 22 Ford home second to his teammate. Logano, crossed the finish line 0.102-seconds behind Keselowski as it was the closest margin of victory since 2012.

Logano, now has three straight top two finishes in the race and six straight top six finishes in general.

Last year’s Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch brought his No. 41 Ford home third for his first top five finish in the Clash since his win in 2011. He had crashed out in five of the last six Clashes entering this weekend.

A third Penske car in Ryan Blaney finished fourth in his No. 12 Ford. It was a 1-2-3-4 sweep for the Ford manufacturer and adds to their restrictor plate dominance. They’ve won seven straight points paying plate races in total.

Pole sitter Austin Dillon rounded out the top five in his No. 3 Chevrolet.

The race was wild from the get go, but only had two cautions in total. The big one never really happened as the largest crash came on the last lap on the backstretch when Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson all made contact. It was Johnson’s seventh straight Crash that would end in an accident.

Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne were also involved.

Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona Results

  1.  2 Keselowski
  2. 22 Logano
  3. 41 KuBusch
  4. 12 Blaney
  5.  3 Dillon
  6. 11 Hamlin
  7. 18 KyBusch
  8. 20 Jones
  9.  4 Harvick
  10. 42 Larson
  11. 31 Newman
  12. 48 Johnson OUT
  13.  9 Elliott OUT
  14. 78 Truex Jr. OUT
  15. 95 Kahne OUT
  16. 17 Stenhouse Jr. -3
  17.  1 McMurray OUT

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