KESELOWSKI HANDLES HURDLES TO FINISH 6TH AT KANSAS KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 27, 2008) - Brad Keselowski overcame a 28th-place start and a late-race spin to finish sixth in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at...
KESELOWSKI HANDLES HURDLES TO FINISH 6TH AT KANSAS
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 27, 2008) - Brad Keselowski overcame a 28th-place start and a late-race spin to finish sixth in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway. It was his 17th top-10 finish of the year.
Qualifying his No. 88 U.S. Navy Chevrolet mid-pack, Keselowski drove through the field with relative ease despite a loose condition in the race car that required wedge adjustments on the team's first pit stop on lap 28. After a debris caution on lap 38, Keselowski made contact with David Reutimann's No. 99 Toyota as the field came up to speed on a green-flag restart, causing a slight tire rub on the left-front fender. The team immediately caught a caution flag that allowed time to pull the fender away from the tire, although it came at the expense of JR Motorsports teammate Mark Martin's single-car crash in turn four.
Dropping to 36th due to the unscheduled stop, Keselowski again faced a steep climb back up the leaderboard. It took only 60 laps to fight his way back into top-10 contention when yet another set-back occurred, this time on lap 153 when contact between the No. 1 and No. 32 sent Keselowski's Navy car spinning to avoid the wreck. With flat-spotted tires, crew chief Tony Eury Sr. called his driver back to pit road for a four-tire change.
In the final 40 laps, Keselowski raced his way up to sixth position where he eventually took the checkered flag.
"The Navy Chevrolet was a little loose today, but overall the car was great," Keselowski said. "We got caught up in a few situations out on the track, but the car was good enough that I was able to race my way back up through the field.
"My pit crew knocked off incredible stops throughout the entire race and gained us a number of positions on pit road. We were just a little too tight there at the end to get Carl [Edwards], but we still got another top-10, so we'll take that and get ready for Charlotte in two weeks."
Denny Hamlin won the race, outlasting point-leader Clint Bowyer and David Ragan. The finish leaves Keselowski in third place in the Nationwide Series point standings with five races remaining in the 2008 schedule.