Brad Keselowski Charlotte Motor Speedway Speedway Recap

The box score following Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 lists Brad Keselowski starting fourth and finishing fifth.

 

But Keselowski's (@keselowski) night at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a bit more hectic than what those numbers indicate.  Three times he came from deep in the field with his final rally landing him a fifth place finish.

 

The driver of the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 qualified fourth but started on the front row when the top two starters were penalized and sent to the rear of the field.  Keselowski led the first four laps before settling into second place, but his truck was considerably loose by the time the first caution slowed the race on lap 21.  He pitted for four tires and major adjustments one lap later. 

 

Keselowski restarted 21st when the race went green on lap 25 and climbed to 10th place by lap 39.  He moved up to eighth when the second yellow came out on lap 64.  Keselowski pitted on lap 65 for four tires and adjustments and lined up 12th when the race went green on lap 69.

 

Once again Keselowski went to work slicing his way through traffic.  He climbed back to 10th place by lap 71 and was seventh by lap 88.  His truck was loose on entry by the 100 lap mark, but the third caution on lap 106 gave he and crew chief Chad Kendrick an opportunity to pit for four tires and more adjustments.  Brad restarted 11th when the green flag waved on lap 109. 

 

Over the final 30 laps of the 139 lap race the team's hard work began to pay off.  Once again Keselowski efficiently worked his way through traffic, climbing up to 10th by lap 113, and using a restart following the fourth caution on lap 116 to move up to seventh position by lap 123.  He had marched up to fifth place by the time the final caution waved on lap 134 setting up a green-white-checkered flag finish.  
 
Keselowski survived the final restart and two lap dash to finish fifth, his third top five in six NCWTS starts at Charlotte.   

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