The No. 2 Wurth Ford Fusion came into its own at just the right moment for Brad Keselowski to claim victory on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
After falling as far back at P16 late in Stage 2, BK used a couple of chaotic late restarts to charge the Deuce to the front, then passed the No. 88 of Alex Bowman with 11 laps remaining. Brad had to survive NASCAR overtime to emerge from the evening with his third victory of the season, but did so with ease to take the checkered flag for the Digital Ally 400.
“We were just too loose early and then in the traffic I brushed the wall a little bit. With about 100 to go Paul Wolfe and the team made some adjustments and the Wurth Ford responded,” Brad said. “A couple opportunities presented themselves and we were fighting for the lead. Alex Bowman ran an incredible race. We just had a little fresher tires and I was able to catch the traffic just right to make the move on him and from there we were able to get the win.”
In an emotional post-race interview, BK dedicated his win to the late Mike Mittler, a team owner and NASCAR garage-lifer, who he called one of the “unsung heroes” of the sport.
Later, Brad and his crew chief broke down both the strategy and the strokes of luck that put BK in position to nab victory late in the race.