Brad Keselowski won his 30th career NASCAR Cup win and 21st with Ford Performance in a thrilling overtime performance at Kansas Speedway. With a lot of grit and determination, Keselowski drove to his third win of the year in Kansas City, Kansas for Team Penske and the No. 2 crew.
“Congratulations to Brad, Roger, and crew,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We saw an epic battle tonight, but Brad kept digging and never gave up until he took the checkered flag. These are the moments we live for in racing and remember for a long time afterwards. We are privileged to be part of this winning combination with Brad, Team Penske and Ford Performance.”
Pole winner and 2019 defending Kansas race winner, Kevin Harvick and Kansas native, Clint Bowyer led the forty-car field to the green flag on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick went onto lead a race high 105 laps on his way to winning Stage 1 of the Digital Ally 400. Five different Ford Mustangs led throughout the race to lead a combined 141 laps out of the extended 271-lap race.
The No. 2, Team Penske Ford Mustang, powered by the Ford FR9 engine, led two times for 12 laps. After going down a lap early in the race, it looked like it would be a long way back, but with grit, determination, and great pit call strategies by Paul Wolfe, he put the No. 2 in position to challenge for the win during over-time.
In a two-lap overtime shootout, Keselowski, beat Alex Bowman to the checkered flag by .205 seconds, as the race went four laps beyond its scheduled 267. This marked Team Penske’s fourth win of the season.
“I am just thankful to be at this level,” commented Keselowski in Victory Lane. “I never dreamed I would ever be in the Cup Series. I just dreamed of making a living in racing. I worked with guys like Mike Mittler who taught me the grit and energy and effort you have to have to be successful in this sport. Mike was local to this area and he passed away yesterday. It hurts to lose guys like that because they mean so much to me and the sport. I think this was hopefully something he would be proud of.”
Bowyer also battled hard, finishing P5, with Roush Fenway Racing’s, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishing P11, followed by Aric Almirola P12, Harvick P13, Daniel Suárez P14, and Joey Logano P15.
The NASCAR teams will head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2019 All-Star Race this weekend. Reference the full 2019 schedule on www.roushyates.com.