Sunday, July 10, 2016

Keselowski Stretches Fuel to Win at Kentucky

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Brad Keselowski won the Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night, stretching his fuel to last the final run.

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Keselowski led 75 laps on Saturday night, winning his second-straight race.  Keselowski stretched his fuel over the final run, and said his team did a good job calculating his fuel mileage.

“It became obvious that you were going to have to save fuel at the end, but I’d already used so much,” Keselowski said.  “It was a testament to our guys to have the fuel mileage we did to be able to get back what we burnt up at the beginning of the run.”

Keselowski won on a newly-repaved Kentucky Speedway, which also saw a smaller rear spoiler to reduce downforce.  Keselowski said the cars were tough to drive.

“These cars were tough to drive today,” Keselowski said.  “They were a good tough, and it was a hard-fought battle.”

“Usually these repaves are my Achilles heel.  I know it’s been a good track for us in the past, but this isn’t the same Kentucky.”

Keselowski also said that his team is just getting hot as the summer moves on.

“This is our best stretch, and we’re really proud of that.  We’ve just got to follow the course.”

Carl Edwards finished second to Keselowski.  Edwards caught and almost passed Keselowski on the final lap, but said Keselowski was perfect at the end.

“I’ve got to give credit where credit is due, Brad played that perfectly,” Edwards said.  “He baited me in there…and then he just went.”

Unofficial results:
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Carl Edwards
3. Ryan Newman
4. Kurt Busch
5. Tony Stewart
6. Greg Biffle
7. Jamie McMurray
8. Matt Kenseth
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Martin Truex Jr.
11. Trevor Bayne
12. Kyle Busch
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
14. Kasey Kahne
15. Denny Hamlin
16. Austin Dillon
17. Danica Patrick
18. Paul Menard
19. Kyle Larson
20. Aric Almirola
21. Cole Whitt
22. David Ragan
23. Clint Bowyer
24. Josh Wise
25. Ty Dillon
26. Michael Annett
27. Reed Sorenson
28. Jeffrey Earnhardt
29. Landon Cassill
30. Casey Mears
31. Chase Elliott
32. Jimmie Johnson
33. Brian Scott
34. Regan Smith
35. Ryan Blaney
36. AJ Allmendinger
37. Chris Buescher
38. Matt DiBenedetto
39. Joey Logano
40. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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