cloudyn.png
Sunday August 25th, 2019 10:48PM

Brad Keselowski wins overtime shootout at Kansas

By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – At the end of a thrilling victory in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway, race winner Brad Keselowski’s first thoughts sped to the truck owner who helped further his career.

“I just want to dedicate this win to Mike Mittler,” Keselowski said of the man for whom he drove for two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races in 2006. “You know, he helped a lot of guys in their career, and I was one of them. He passed away yesterday. It’s just a huge loss to the NASCAR community.

“He was one of those unsung heroes that works in the garage. He gave his whole life to this sport, and there’s so many of those guys and so many of those fans. It hurts to see those guys go away.”

Keselowski’s other emotion was joy. In a two-lap overtime shootout, he beat Alex Bowman to the finish line by .205 seconds, as the race went four laps beyond its scheduled 267. The victory was Keselowski’s third of the season — matching Kyle Busch for most in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — his second at Kansas and the 30th of his career.

With fresher tires, thanks to a pit stop under caution on Lap 241, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford grabbed the lead from Bowman on Lap 261, building momentum down the backstretch and passing the No. 88 Chevrolet to the outside through Turns 3 and 4.

“What a great day. On the (last) restart, I just got a great launch and Alex Bowman — he’s going to win a race. He did a great job today. We had a little bit of fresher tires than he did (to facilitate the lead change before overtime), and we were able to make the move on the outside there and caught everything perfect.

“I’m just so thankful.”

Saturday’s race was the first under the lights with the new higher-downforce, lower-horsepower competition package NASCAR introduced this year.

“I’m a little biased because I’m parked in Victory Lane, but this was an awesome race today,” Keselowski said. “This rules package is really made for tracks like Kansas Speedway, and I think the fans saw a great one today.”

The runner-up finish was Bowman’s third straight, following second-place runs at Talladega and Dover.

“Just made some bad calls there through lapped traffic and got tied off, had to lift, and then the 2 (Keselowski) was able to drive around us,” Bowman said. “Wish we were standing here with three wins in a row, and things could have gone differently, and that could be the case, but we’ll keep digging next week and try to go get in the All-Star (Race), go win the All-Star and then go try to win the (Coca-Cola) 600.”

Erik Jones ran third, followed by Stage 2 winner Chase Elliott and Clint Bowyer. Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher completed the top 10.

Pole winner Kevin Harvick led a race-high 105 laps and won the first stage, but Harvick brought the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to pit road on lap 180 with what he thought was a flat right front tire. The unscheduled stop cost Harvick a lap, which he didn’t recover until lap 244 as the highest-scored lapped car under caution for debris in turn 2.

Harvick finished 13th behind Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Aric Almirola.

Kyle Busch was battling with the front-runners after a lap 245, but contact with Bowyer’s Ford cut a tire on Busch’s No. 18 Toyota, forcing him to pit road and ending his record-tying streak of top-10 finishes to start the season at 11. Busch came home 30th, three laps down.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, KS
Digital Ally 400 – May 11, 2019

1. (4) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 271.
2. (5) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 271.
3. (6) Erik Jones, Toyota, 271.
4. (32) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 271.
5. (2) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 271.
6. (12) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 271.
7. (9) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 271.
8. (35) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 271.
9. (21) Tyler Reddick(i), Chevrolet, 271.
10. (18) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 271.
11. (14) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Ford, 271.
12. (33) Aric Almirola, Ford, 271.
13. (1) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 271.
14. (34) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 271.
15. (30) Joey Logano, Ford, 270.
16. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 270.
17. (15) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 270.
18. (17) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 270.
19. (31) Martin Truex, Jr., Toyota, 270.
20. (3) William Byron, Chevrolet, 270.
21. (26) Matt Tifft #, Ford, 270.
22. (16) Corey LaJoie, Ford, 270.
23. (19) Ryan Newman, Ford, 269.
24. (10) Paul Menard, Ford, 269.
25. (22) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 269.
26. (37) Michael McDowell, Ford, 269.
27. (24) David Ragan, Ford, 269.
28. (36) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 269.
29. (7) Darrell Wallace, Jr., Chevrolet, 269.
30. (8) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 268.
31. (27) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 268.
32. (13) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 264.
33. (23) Bayley Currey(i), Ford, 263.
34. (25) Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 263.
35. (29) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 262.
36. (20) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, Engine, 261.
37. (38) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 261.
38. (40) Joey Gase(i), Toyota, 258.
39. (39) Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 257.
40. (28) Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 245.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 131.023 mph.

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 6 Mins, 9 Secs. Margin of Victory: .205 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 41 laps.

Lead Changes: 23 among 12 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K. Harvick 1-32;W. Byron 33-36;C. Bowyer 37-48;K. Harvick 49-62;C. Elliott 63-65;K. Busch 66;C. Elliott 67-72;K. Harvick 73-83;R. Chastain(i) 84;K. Busch 85-91;K. Harvick 92-122;C. Elliott 123;A. Bowman 124;C. Buescher 125-134;R. Stenhouse Jr. 135-142;B. Keselowski 143;M. Tifft # 144;C. Elliott 145-162;K. Harvick 163-178;A. Bowman 179-228;C. Elliott 229-245;R. Stenhouse Jr. 246-248;A. Bowman 249-260;B. Keselowski 261-271.

Leaders Summary: (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led) Kevin Harvick 5 times for 104 laps; Alex Bowman 3 times for 63 laps; Chase Elliott 5 times for 45 laps; Clint Bowyer 1 time for 12 laps; Brad Keselowski 2 times for 12 laps; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2 times for 11 laps; Chris Buescher 1 time for 10 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 7 laps; William Byron 1 time for 4 laps; Matt Tifft # 1 time for 1 lap; Kyle Busch 1 time for 1 lap; Ross Chastain(i) 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 1,14,17,2,20,22,37,4,42,9

Stage #2 Top Ten: 1,14,17,18,20,37,4,42,88,9

Top 10 in Points: 1. Joey Logano – 478 (1 Win); 2. Kyle Busch – 469 (3 Wins); 3. Kevin Harvick – 440; 4. Chase Elliott – 423 (1 Win); 5. Brad Keselowski – 421 (3 Wins); 6. Denny Hamlin – 404 (2 Wins); 7. Martin Truex, Jr. – 396 (2 Wins); 8. Kurt Busch – 387; 9. Clint Bowyer – 357; 10. Ryan Blaney – 340.

  • Associated Categories: Sports, NASCAR News, Monster Cup
  • Associated Tags: nascar, motorsports, Auto Racing, Stock Car, Asphalt, Motorsports Live On WDUN, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Brad Keselowski scores Overtime victory at Kansas
Brad Keselowski jumped out front on the final restart, and held off a snarling pack of competitors behind him to score the victory in Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR...
11:19PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Region 8-6A All-Region baseball team
The Region 8-6A All-Region baseball team was announced on Friday...
4:10PM ( 7 hours ago )
Hot-hitting No. 7 Jackets rout Duke
An ultra-efficient 15 runs on 15 hits day for No. 7 Georgia Tech baseball led it to a 15-3 series-clinching win over Duke on Saturday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park...
4:06PM ( 7 hours ago )
Sports
Pagenaud wins wet-and-wild INDYCAR Grand Prix
Simon Pagenaud overcame the elements and the competition to win the INDYCAR Grand Prix in thrilling fashion. Pagenaud passed five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion...
10:48PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Bottas takes pole at Spanish GP ahead of Hamilton
Valtteri Bottas is poised to become a major threat to teammate and defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton after clocking a scorching lap at the Spanish Grand Prix...
4:31PM ( 6 hours ago )
Rookie Rosenqvist claims 1st pole at IndyCar Grand Prix
Swedish rookie Felix Rosenqvist will start from the pole in Saturday's IndyCar Grand Prix after beating out teammate Scott Dixon in Friday's qualifying session
7:04PM ( 1 day ago )
NASCAR News
Chase Elliott runs fifth after strong start at Dover
For more than a fourth of Sunday’s Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, Chase Elliott seemed destined to win his second straight race.
6:00AM ( 4 days ago )
Martin Truex Jr. charges to dominant victory at Dover
If anyone loves a rainy day, it’s Martin Truex, Jr. The Mayetta, New Jersey driver won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway...
6:11PM ( 5 days ago )
Rain forces postponement of Gander RV 400 at Dover
Persistent rain on Sunday foiled NASCAR’s attempts to start the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, forcing postponement of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race until noon Monday.
4:31PM ( 6 days ago )
Monster Cup
Truex, Jr. narrowly escapes disaster in final practice
It was one of those incidents that unfolds almost in slow motion. During Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice for Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway...
By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
6:00AM ( 17 hours ago )
Around The Track Results and Points Standings Page
The latest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series race results.
By AccessWDUN
1:38AM ( 21 hours ago )
Chastain gets vindication with Kansas Truck Series win
Elation and heartbreak were barely more than a lap apart when Ross Chastain took the checkered flag to win Friday night’s Digital Ally 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck...
By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
1:26AM ( 21 hours ago )
Harvick leads Stewart-Haas sweep of Kansas qualifying
After Friday afternoon’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session at Kansas Speedway, the question “What’s wrong with the Stewart-Haas cars?” may be a dead issue.
By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
1:01AM ( 22 hours ago )
Kevin Harvick hoping for first 2019 victory at Kansas
With eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories in 2018 and a near-miss at his second Cup title, Kevin Harvick came into the 2019 season feeling...
By Holly Cain-NASCAR Wire Service
6:00AM ( 1 day ago )