Keselowski Finishes 15th at Phoenix

Keselowski Finishes 15th at Phoenix

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  • Brad Keselowski scored a 15th-place finish in the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.  He remains seventh in the MENCS driver standings, 34 points behind the leader.
  • Keselowski started 25th in the 312-lap race and lost a handful of positions on the opening lap of the race. He quickly recovered and was up to 23rd at the time of the competition caution on lap 24. Crew chief Paul Wolfe made the call for right-side tires on lap 30, moving Keselowski up to sixth when the race went green on lap 33. He finished seventh when Stage 1 concluded on lap 75, despite being on more worn tires than his competitors. Keselowski made a scheduled four-tire stop on lap 79 during the stage break caution. Excellent pit work by the Alliance Truck Parts team moved him up to fifth-place for the restart on lap 83.
  • During Stage 2, the No. 2 Ford Fusion was loose on corner entry. Keselowski was running eighth at the time of the third caution on lap 123. He pitted one lap later and once again Wolfe opted for a change of right-side tires only, giving Keselowski the lead when the race went green on lap 124. Keselowski had to contend with a loose-handling car but he was running sixth at the time of the fourth caution on lap 147. While other leaders pitted for service on lap 148, Keselowski did not. He moved up to second-place for the restart on lap 149 and he held firm to his position during the one-lap dash to end Stage 2 just behind Kurt Busch.   Keselowski made a scheduled stop for four tires and adjustments during the stage break on lap 153. A variety of pit strategies by his competitors shuffled Keselowski back to 24th for the start of Stage 3 on lap 159.
  • The adjustments greatly improved the handling of the Alliance Truck Parts Ford. Keselowski climbed up to 13th position at the time of the sixth and final caution on lap 190. He pitted on lap 194 for four tires and adjustments but two-tire strategies by his competitors shuffled back in the running order. He restarted 18th when the race went green on lap 198.  As the race entered its final quarter, Wolfe chose to take a gamble to improve his position. He kept Keselowski on the track as long as possible before making his final stop with hopes of catching a yellow flag to pit with the leaders and make up track position. Unfortunately, the yellow didn’t come and Keselowski was forced to pit under green on lap 285, 27 laps from the finish. He was credited with a 15th-place finish in the final rundown.

Keselowski out front at ISM Raceway.

“We scored stage points today with our Alliance Truck Parts Ford and that’s a positive. We had a strategy there at the end to get more but it just didn’t work out for us.”

TicketGuardian 500

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 . HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
CAR: NO. 2 MILLER LITE FORD FUSION

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