- Brad Keselowski scored a 16th-place finish on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway and officially clinched a spot in the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs.
- Keselowski started 11th in the 500-lap race and was running in 10th position at the time of the competition caution on lap 62. He told crew chief Paul Wolfe that the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford was tight from the center of the corners to the exit. Keselowski restarted seventh when the race went green on lap 66. He faded to 13th-place over the remaining laps of the 125-lap opening segment because he was struggling to turn in the center of the corners and was loose off. He pitted during the stage caution on lap 131 for four tires and an air pressure adjustment and restarted 13th when the race went green on lap 136.
- In Stage 2, Keselowski’s handling woes grew worse. His No. 2 Ford was loose on entry and very tight in the center. He pitted during the fourth caution on lap 200 for four tires and an air pressure adjustment. Unfortunately, those changes didn’t help. On lap 227 Keselowski got loose at the entrance to Turn 1 and bounced off the outside wall. He kept going and was credited with 19th-place position finish when Stage 2 ended on lap 252. Keselowski pitted during the stage caution and restarted 17th when the race went green on lap 261.
- Keselowski continued to struggle with handling issues during the final segment of the race and seesawed back and forth on the lead lap, twice receiving the free pass (on laps 351 and 441) but he couldn’t stay there. On lap 473 he spun off Turn 2, bringing out the eighth caution of the race. He quickly recovered and was credited with a 16th-place finish.
“I got loose on entry and just got into the wall. It was a tough night for our Miller Lite team but we’ll try to rebound at Darlington.”
BASS PRO SHOPS NRA NIGHT RACE
AUGUST 18, 2018 . BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
CAR: NO. 2 MILLER LITE FORD FUSION
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