Brad Keselowski (@Keselowski), driver of the No. 2 Draw-Tite Ford F-Series, made his inaugural season start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) during the 11th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski, the owner of Brad Keselowski Racing (@TeamBKR), qualified his Ford F-Series machine in the 19th position earlier in the day.
Keselowski opted to not pit during the second caution of the night on lap 25, instead, elected to stay out which positioned the Draw-Tite Ford in the 12th spot once the green flag fell again. On lap 71, under caution, Keselowski brought his Ford down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, saying he can see the leaders lift in the corners, but not being able to make up any ground.
After battling all night long to get up to the lead pack, Keselowski found himself sitting in the 2nd position with a little under 50 laps to go. The caution came out on lap 115 - Keselowski stayed out to sustain track position, restarting in the 4th spot.
With 15 laps to go, the No. 54 truck got loose under Keselowski, pushing him into the wall out of turn two, which damaged the Draw-Tite machine. The accident forced him back down pit road for repair and ultimately costing him a top five finish, placing him in the 14th spot overall.
Keselowski is slated to run additional NCWTS races for BKR later this season.
"It was a tough night behind the wheel and with my owner's cap on tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team continues to improve and we are heading in the right direction, just need a little bit more speed in our trucks. I want to thank Draw-Tite and Cooper Standard for bringing all their employees and customers to the track today. I'm looking forward to my next (NASCAR Camping Wolrd Truck Series) start in Kentucky." - Brad Keselowski