Brad Keselowski earns wins at Michigan International Speedway
Saturday afternoon the NASCAR Nationwide series would be round two with the new car at Michigan International Speedway.
Brad Keselowski would earn his second consecutive pole in the new and would lead the field to green at MIS.
The front drivers were a young group with rookie Ryan Truex on the outside pole, Colin Braun and Trevor Bayne. Veteran drivers like Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards would start mid pack.
On the very first lap Kyle Busch who started tenth worked his way up to fifth in less than a lap. MIS is a big wide track and drivers would take advantage of the draft.
Ryan Newman’s day didn’t start off very good after moving forward he smacked the wall and then radioed in after contact with another car that he had a tire going down. He hit pit road and changed right sides tire but cost him two laps by the time it was all said and done.
Danica Patrick who was back in the car this weekend struggled from the drop of the green flag. She was lapped just prior to green flag stops. Things didn’t get better when she got a pass thru penalty, soon after she was lapped by Keselowski and was three laps down.
Another driver made a mistake on pit road was Kevin Harvick. His gas can got stuck and left the pit box. He had to serve a pass thru penalty under green.
Caution waved on lap 62for Chase Austin whose engine expired and deleted Keselowski’s 11 second lead.
On pit road Keselowski had his problems when the clutch hung it cost him the lead on pit road. Paul Menard would lead the field to green with Keselowski in second.
Following the restart Jason Leffler who had a fast car early in the race, had an engine blow.
Carl Edwards would take over second and the lead by lap 78 with Keselowski in second and Harvick working his way back into the top three.
Keselowski though would take back the lead a few laps later but couldn’t pull away from Edwards and the Harvick caught the front two.
Harvick caught them but he soon hit pit road for his final stop, the money stop. They needed a clean stop. They would move into second and begin chasing down Edwards who took over the lead after Keselowski had another clutch issue.
Harvick though would have a problem with damage from a loose window piece. The damage would cost him the chance at the win.
On the restart with nine to go Keselowski made quick work of Edwards and began to check out on the field.
Keselowski went on for his fourth win of the year and second at his home track.
The rest of the top 10 were Edwards, Busch, Justin Allgaier, Menard, Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson, Braun and Harvick.
Next week the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night at 7ET on ESPN.