Brad Keselowski grabbed a third-place finish in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Sunday evening at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski grabbed his seventh top-five finish and second stage victory of the season. He moved up to the ninth position in the point standings, 198 points behind leader Denny Hamlin.
Keselowski started 11th in a race that was halted by rain after just eight laps. The event resumed nearly two hours later, and the driver of the Freightliner eCascadia Ford Mustang began to methodically work his way to the front, despite needing more rear grip on corner entry and exit. He and Chase Elliott waged an entertaining battle for second-place as the segment drew to a close, with Keselowski edging his rival for the position by a few car lengths. Keselowski pitted during the stage caution on lap 78 for four tires and wedge adjustment on lap 82 and restarted fourth when the race went back to green.
In Stage 2, Keselowski scored his second stage win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. He was running fourth when he pitted during the fourth caution on lap 131 for four tires and a track bar adjustment. He restarted third on lap 135 and used a great restart following the fifth caution to grab the lead on lap 146. The driver of the Freightliner eCascadia Ford held firm to the top spot for the remainder of the segment. Following the stage, crew chief Jeremy Bullins made the call to pit for four tires and adjustment. Great work by the 2 Crew kept Keselowski in the lead when the race returned to green on lap 192.
Keselowski led until lap 197, but unfortunately couldn’t find a way to get back to the front. He was running third when he made his final stop of the race under green on lap 247. The move by Bullins briefly put Keselowski in front of eventual winner Aric Almirola during the cycle of green flag stops, but Almirola was simply too strong. NASCAR officials called the race for good on lap 293, eight laps short of the advertised distance, leaving Keselowski with a third-place finish.
“The 10 was just lights-out fast that last run, or the last two runs, and just drove by everybody. It was pretty amazing,” said Keselowski. “We were good, but we weren’t great, so a solid day.”