- Brad Keselowski’s chances for a solid finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were derailed by brake problems. The driver of the Autotrader Ford Fusion was running ninth when he reported on lap 203 that he was experiencing mechanical problems. He nursed his car through the remainder of the run until he made a scheduled pit stop on lap 250 for four tires and repairs. He returned to the track ad ran competitive laps times over the final 51 laps but the damage had been done. Keselowski was credited with a 32nd-place finish and is seventh MENCS driver standings, 209 points behind the leader.
- Keselowski started sixth in the Foxwoods Resort and Casino 301. The first stage of the Foxwoods Resorts Casino 301 was slowed by four cautions, including a competition yellow on lap 35. Keselowski started sixth finished 11th in the 75-lap segment after being loose on corner entry and struggling to turn in the corners. He pitted during the stage caution on lap 78 for four tires and adjustments and restated 11th when the race went green on lap 82.
- Stage 2 ran caution free and caution free and Keselowski held down 11th position through the segment. The driver of the Autotrader Ford Fusion said he was too loose on corner exit. He pitted during the stage caution on lap 154 for four tires and adjustments. Good work by the Autotrader team moved Keselowski up to ninth position for the restart on lap 158.
- Keselowski moved up to eighth-place on lap 162 but was ninth by lap 187 when his car got too loose. On lap 203 he radioed crew chief Paul Wolfe that he was experiencing brake issues. Keselowski pitted for repairs on lap 250 and returned to the track with a bit more pedal to work with, but the 47-lap sequence cost him eight laps to the leaders and ruined any chance for a respectable finish.
“We had a disappointing day for sure. I don’t know if I used too much brake trying to keep up or what. We’ll go on to Pocono and try to get a win there next week.”
FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 301
JULY 22, 2018 . NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
CAR: NO. 2 AUTOTRADER FORD FUSION
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