Brad Keselowski won his second race at Martinsville Speedway, leading a race high 446 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500. The No. 2 Team Penske Ford Mustang powered by the Ford FR9 engine, recorded their 40th MENCS win as Team Penske with Roush Yates Engines since 2013. Ford Performance now has 30 career MENCS wins at the famed “Paperclip”.
“Congratulations Brad, Roger, and Team Penske on their win at Martinsville,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Brad and his team were well prepared, and he showcased his driving talent while leading 446 laps in his Ford Mustang. Ford Performance continues to provide the technology and resources to keep our cars running up front.”
“The car was really good – this Ford Mustang,” said Brad Keselowski from Victory Lane. “You know, Ford worked really hard in the offs-season to build these cars and make them real strong and so far, so good. It’s just a great day for our team, awesome execution on pit road and big credit to Doug Yates and all the engine guys. Those guys work really hard and it’s just one of those days you dream of as a race car driver, where you’ve got a great car.”
After a strong qualifying performance on Saturday, by the Ford Mustangs, No. 22 Joey Logano started from the pole position while No. 10 Aric Almirola from Stewart-Haas Racing P2, No. 2 Keselowski P3, and No. 4 Kevin Harvick from Stewart-Haas Racing in P4.
Joey Logano led the first five laps while Keselowski took the lead and remained out front for the next 319 laps which included 2 stage wins. Keselowski regained the lead on lap 374 and never looked back. Keselowski worked through race traffic throughout the 500-lap event to take the checkered flag .594 seconds in front of Chase Elliott, marking the third consecutive Ford Performance win at Martinsville.
Ford Performance teammates led a race high 451 laps out of the 500-lap race; Brad Keselowski 446 laps and Joey Logano with 5 laps.
It was a great day for Ford Performance racing with six Ford Mustangs finishing in the top-10; Team Penske teammates, Keselowski P1, No. 12 Blaney in P4, Stewart-Haas Racing teammates No. 4 Harvick P6, No. 14 Clint Bowyer in P7, and Aric Almirola in P9, and Daniel Suarez P10.
NASCAR heads to the longhorn state, to the Texas Motor Speedway. Reference the full 2019 schedule on www.roushyates.com.