BROOKLYN, Mich – I wrote on Saturday how Team Penske looked strong so far this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway but I didn’t know how much I trusted them. Both Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney were in the top 10 of every session including qualifying while Brad Keselowski showed some promise in his No. 2 Ford as well.
But, over the last three weeks, all three drivers have struggled. Would the speed translate over to good finishes?
Well, they actually did.
Brad Keselowski earned his first top five finish since a third place run at Kentucky a month ago with a runner-up on his home track in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400. Keselowski, had finished 32nd, 38th and 17th respectively before his second place run this afternoon.
Ryan Blaney finished fifth in his No. 12 Ford for his first top five finish since Kentucky too. He was second in that race a month ago and had finishes himself of seventh, 12th and 12th respectively after in his camp.
Joey Logano was 10th in his No. 22 Ford to give all three Penske cars top 10 finishes for the day. All three were in the top 10 in June too.
Blaney, was the best all day as he was third in each stage. Logano, was 11th and sixth respectively in each of the stages. Keselowski, dodged a bullet when he had a loose wheel early on but saw Ryan Newman crash on Lap 74 which allowed him to pit under caution instead of during a green flag run.
Logano also averted an issue when his crew had to change his left front shock before the race even started.
As you can see, it wasn’t a win for the bunch but it feels like one as they needed this momentum and luck.