Late-Race Spin Leaves Keselowski in Must-Win Position for Talladegaby Kyle Pokrefky October 16, 2016 0 comments
KANSAS CITY — A Lap 189 spin through the infield grass inflicted massive damage to the front end of Brad Keselowski’s Ford in the Hollywood Casino 400 and leaves the former Sprint Cup champion in a precarious position heading into Talladega Superspeedway.
Keselowski, holding together a top-12 run throughout the day, slid off of Turn 4 and into Kansas Speedway’s infield, shredding the front bumper of his No. 2 Miller Lite Ford.
The ensuing damage sent the one-time Kansas winner to the garage where his Team Penske team frantically worked to get their driver back on track.
Returning to the track on Lap 218, the No. 2 car’s return was short-lived as it began to smoke on pit road, bringing out a second caution.
Speaking in his garage stall following his late exit, Keselowski said that days like his could happen to any one of his fellow Chase competitors.
“I know what’s happening now – the guys that have busted their butt busted their butt to put the best car back together to get back on the race track, and they did it in an amazing fashion,” Keselowski said. “I’m just pumped about that. Days like today are going to happen to everybody and anybody in this Chase.
“I’m really proud of my guys for doing their best to recover and we’ll move on to Talladega and give them hell.”
A four-time Talladega winner and this year’s champion of its spring race, Keselowski is feeling rather upbeat heading into a race that has traditionally served as an unpredictable end to the Chase’s Round of 12.
“We’re going to Talladega,” Keselowski stated. “I like Talladega and Talladega has been good to me, I’m going to drive my butt off like what I did today and I have faith that if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.”
Keselowski will be credited with a 38th-place finish in the Hollywood Casino 400 and can only guarantee a spot in the Round of 8 with his fifth Talladega victory.
Keselowski will enter Talladega eight points outside of a transfer position into the next Chase round.
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