- Brad Keselowski was credited with a 33rd-place finish Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway after being involved in an accident on lap 178 of the 334-lap event. Denny Hamlin spun in traffic following a restart between Turns 3 and 4 and into Keselowski, causing heavy damage the left-front of the Miller Lite Ford and ending his afternoon. The incident brought out the fifth caution of the race and forced a red flag delay for eleven minutes for track clean up.
- Keselowski is now seventh in the MENCS driver standings, 79 points behind the leader.
- The accident spoiled what was another solid day for Keselowski. He started 11th and ran solidly inside the top-10 during Stage 1 with a car loose on entry and tight in the center of the corners. Keselowski finished eighth in the opening stage on lap 85 and pitted one lap later for four tires and adjustments. He restarted seventh when Stage 2 began on lap 90.
- Keselowski said his car was loose on corner entry and tight in the center throughout the second stage but he continued to run inside the top 10. He finished Stage 2 in seventh-place when the segment concluded on lap 170. Keselowski pitted on lap 173 for four tires and adjustments and lined up 12th when the race went green on lap 177. One lap later his afternoon was over after being involved in the accident with Hamlin.
“Somebody got loose and the next thing I knew there was a big mess in front of me. It was either pick left or pick right and I made a quick decision to pick right and it was the wrong decision. I hate it for everybody on the team. We were right in that fifth to 10th range with the Miller Lite Ford and we just didn’t make it through. Not much you can do, just pick up the pieces and move on.”
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS 500
APRIL 8, 2018 . TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
CAR: NO. 2 MILLER LITE FORD FUSION
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