Brad Keselowski Delivers NXS Owners Title to Team Penske with Texas Winby Kyle Pokrefky November 8, 2015 0 comments
Brad Keselowski put together a stellar drive late into the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway to come home with his 34th career XFINITY Series victory on Saturday night.
Leading 62 of 200 laps from a front row starting position, Keselowski scored his second win of the season and the eighth of the year for the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford.
“It was one of those races that seemed like it could fall anyway,” Keselowski said. “The No. 42 was really fast, the No. 88 was really fast, I’m sure had the No. 54 not had trouble he would have been tough to beat and then of course Austin Dillon, he ran away with it at points and got the lead on the last sequence.
“Not a gimme race by any stretch of the imagination. We had to earn it and we did just that with a strong and consistent day.”
With the win, the No. 22 car officially locked up the 2015 owners championship – making for the third consecutive title for team owner Roger Penske.
This year’s owners championship was claimed with the help of Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Alex Tagliani, who each took turns piloting the car to its fourth owners title.
“I’m really proud of the effort – not just from today, but all season long,” Keselowski stated. “To get my team owner, Roger Penske, a [fourth XFINITY owners championship] is a big step.
“I came to Team Penske in 2010 and we didn’t have any and now we have four XFINITY championships in five years. Really that’s a huge accomplishment and a lot to be proud of.”
As Keselowski stated, the path to victory at Texas wasn’t a walk in the park as he had to hold off Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones and Ty Dillon – the respective top-five – off to earn the win.
Daniel Suarez, Brian Scott, Chase Elliott, Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler respectively rounded out the top-10 of the race standings.
Several strong cars were taken out of win contention late in the race as Kyle Busch’s shot at his 76th career series win was derailed by a transmission issue that relegated his No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota to a 14th-place finish.
Kyle Larson appeared to be on his way to snapping a year-long winless streak in the XFINITY Series as he led with under 30 laps to go yet his bid for the win was nixed by a spin following a downed left rear tire while leading with 25 to go.
11th-place finisher Chris Buescher entered his home track with the points lead and will depart with it as well.
Buescher will enter next week’s race at Phoenix International Raceway – the second-to-last race of the season – with a 24-point lead over Elliott in the drivers standings.
Top-10 Finishers of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge
- 22 – Brad Keselowski(i) – Ford – Team Penske
- 88 – Kevin Harvick(i) – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports
- 33 – Austin Dillon(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
- 20 – Erik Jones(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing
- 3 – Ty Dillon – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
- 18 – Daniel Suarez# – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing
- 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
- 9 – Chase Elliott – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports
- 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports
- 1 – Elliott Sadler – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing
Top-10 in the Drivers Standings after Round 31 of 33
- 60 – Chris Buescher – Roush Fenway Racing – 1126 | Leader
- 9 – Chase Elliott – JR Motorsports – 1102 | -24
- 3 – Ty Dillon – Richard Childress Racing – 1096 | -30
- 7 – Regan Smith – JR Motorsports – 1095 | -31
- 1 – Elliott Sadler – Roush Fenway Racing – 1008 | -118
- 6 – Darrell Wallace Jr.# – Roush Fenway Racing – 1001 | -125
- 18 – Daniel Suarez# – Joe Gibbs Racing – 1000 | -126
- 2 – Brian Scott – Richard Childress Racing – 959 | -167
- 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Richard Childress Racing – 959 | -167
- 16 – Ryan Reed – Roush Fenway Racing – 854 | -272
# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR XFINITY Series points.
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