Jayski.com: Race Recap: Brad Keselowski ends Ford drought with Martinsville victory
Jayski.com: Race Recap: Brad Keselowski ends Ford drought with Martinsville victory.
The car maker found Victory Lane at the .526-mile short track for the first time since Oct. 20, 2002, when Kurt Busch won at NASCAR’s oldest and smallest premier series track in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
Keselowski and runner-up Kyle Busch swapped the lead during the final 64-lap green-flag run, with Busch taking the point on Lap 444 of 500, and Keselowski powering back past Busch’s No.
The guys that run well everywhere run well here, and it’s really just an honor to win here and get to compete here.
"This track is 70 years old and a lot of legends have won here.
It feels great to be able to join them and bring home a (grandfather) clock (trophy).
The victory was Keselowski’s 23rd in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and it vaulted him into the playoff points lead with 10.
In the series standings, Keselowski leaves Martinsville in fourth place, 34 points behind leader Kyle Larson and 30 behind second-place Chase Elliott, who parlayed a front-row starting position into a third-place finish.
Busch, who led a race-high 274 laps to Keselowski’s 116, was disappointed that the performance of his Camry fell off after his final pit stop on Lap 336.
(Crew chief) Adam (Stevens) and the guys did an awesome job on this car this weekend to get it to where it was.