Dominant Keselowski Rules Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. – Brad Keselowski was in a world of his own Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion started from the pole for Saturday’s Quaker State 400 and led 199 laps en route to a dominating victory at the 1.5-mile oval for his second victory of the season.
“I really want another championship and I think we’re getting close to that position if we keep running like this,” said Keselowski, who also won at Kentucky Speedway in 2012. “Just really proud of everyone at Team Penske, working their butt off.”
Keselowski had the dominant car all night and looked like he was well on his way to an easy victory until Aric Almirola’s right-front tire blew on lap 214, sending him into the wall and forcing NASCAR to wave the caution flag.
Almirola’s crash came just as a cycle of green-flag pit stops had just started, with Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all completing their stops moments before the caution flag waved. That allowed them to stay out on track under caution while Keselowski and the rest of the field made their pit stops.
“It was kind of one of those races were you just know you’ve got a really fast car, and my Miller Lite Ford Fusion was hauling the mail, and you’re just waiting for something to go wrong and it did there during that last yellow. It just caught us out of sequence,” Keselowski said.
Busch inherited the lead, with Newman and Earnhardt lined up behind him. They were followed by Paul Menard, Matt Kenseth. Keselowski would restart sixth.