Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Ford Fusion won his first Speedweeks’ race at Daytona International Speedway, winning the Advance Auto Parts Clash for Team Penske in his sixth Clash start. Ford Performance made history becoming the first manufacturer to finish 1,2,3 and 4 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Clash event.
“Congratulations to Brad, Roger and Team Penske,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “This was a great way to start off the season opener at Daytona. The teams have worked hard in the off season to get ready for the 2018 season and it was great to see the Fords finish so strong.”
The six Ford’s ran strong from the start of the race with the Ford FR9 EFI engines under the hoods. Keselowski drove a fantastic race, coming from the rear of the field and with a two tire strategy call by Crew Chief, Paul Wolfe, took the lead on lap 39. Keselowski led 43 out of the 75 lap race.
“Doug Yates and his guys did a good job giving me something real durable to take all that and keep digging,” Keselowski commented in Victory Lane. “I am really proud of the whole effort here. What a way to start Speedweeks, putting the Miller Lite Ford in Victory Lane. I am really proud of my team.”
Keselowski and Team Penske Joey Logano (2017 Clash winner) finished 1-2, while the 2017 Daytona winner Kurt Busch from Stewart-Haas Racing finished P3. Rounding out the forth spot was the newest Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney. Kevin Harvick finished P9 and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from Roush Fenway Racing finished sixteenth after serving a late race penalty for racing below the yellow line.
The Ford teams will take this momentum into the Can-Am Twin Duels and the Daytona 500 later this week. Reference the full 2018 schedule on www.roushyates.com.