Brad Keselowski scored a fourth-place finish in the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski grabbed his 21st top-10 finish in 33 races this season and his 12th in 22 races at Kansas. The driver of the Discount Tire Ford is third in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings, 33 points behind the leader Kevin Harvick and eight above the Championship 4 cutline.
Keselowski started eighth and was running seventh at the time of the competition caution on lap 25. The Discount Tire Ford was loose from the center of the corner off and crew chief Jeremy Bullins opted to for four tires and a track bar adjustment. He restarted eighth on lap 30 and fought his way through traffic to finish second when the stage ended on lap 80. Keselowski pitted during the stage caution for four tires and a left-rear wedge adjustment and restarted fifth on lap 86.
He was one of the final cars to pit during a round of green flag stops midway through Stage 2, moving into the lead on lap 125 and leading the next six laps before making his scheduled pit stop on lap 131. The third caution came out on lap 145 before the cycle was complete. Keselowski stayed out and restarted third when the race went green on lap 149, 11 laps before the segment concluded. He survived the restart to finish sixth when Stage 2 ended on lap 160. Keselowski pitted during the stage caution on lap 163 for four tires and restarted ninth when the race went green on lap 167.
As the laps ticked off in final segment, Keselowski moved into serious contention for the win. He was up to second-place with 70 laps to go. He pitted under cation on lap 201 for four tires and restarted fifth on lap 205 but didn’t have enough fuel to make it to the finish. The sixth and final caution on lap 222 allowed Keselowski and others to make a final stop for tires and to take on enough fuel to make it to the distance. He ran as high has third with 30 laps to go but could get any close to the leader and slipped back to fourth position in the closing laps.
“We were really strong and we’re right there all day,” said Keselowski. “We’d like to win obviously and transfer through to the next round but if we run like this, we’ll get another win. Our Discount Tire Ford was really fast all day, just didn’t quite have enough there at the end. I feel like if we had the lead, we could have won but it just wasn’t in the cards. The last two stops there I just lost a little bit. All in all, it was really solid and if we can run like we’ll get a win and move on to Phoenix.”