Brad Keselowski won Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 in overtime, beating out Chase Elliott to win his first victory in NASCAR’s longest race of the year.
“I feel like I’ve thrown this race away a handful of times,” Keselowski told Fox Sports post-race. “I thought we were going to loose it today. I know we’ve lost it the way Chase lost it the way Chase lost it and I’m so happy for the team. I wish my wife was here, I wish my daughters were here. It’s a major. It’s the Coke 600. That leaves one major for me. The Daytona 500. We’re checking them off.”
Keselwoski’s win on Sunday is the first win from Ford since 2002 in the Coke 600.
Jimmie Johnson, who originally finished second, failed post-race inspection and received a disqualification. The No. 48 failed the rear-end alignment in the oss station post-race.
Rounding out the top five were Chase Elliott in second, Ryan Blaney in third, Kyle Busch in fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth.
Elliott who was leading with three laps to go pitted under caution and would restart 11th. This would give Keselowski the lead.
Chase Elliott on the fallout of pitting under the final caution: “those guys are going to do the opposite of whatever we do. That’s just part of it. You make decisions and live with them. It wasn’t the pit call. I think being on offense is fine.”
Denny Hamlin, who won Wednesday nights race at Darlington chances to make it back to back wins were dashed before the green flag waved. A piece of ballast fell off Hamlin’s car during the pace laps and would have to get it repaired on pit road before the start of the race. Hamlin started the race eight laps down and finished 29th.
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday night in a 500 kilometer race at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Stage 1 Winner: Alex Bowman
Stage 2 Winner: Alex Bowman
Stage 3 Winner: Joey Logano
Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney survived three big ones to take the checkered flag in the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
After rain began to fall at the end of the first stage on Sunday afternoon, the race was postponed to Monday afternoon. Ryan Blaney spun on pit road and got hit with speeding penalty on Sunday, but used the postponed race to redeem himself.
The No. 12 Dent Wizard Ford stayed in the top 10 for the most of the day. Blaney led three different times for a combined total of 35 laps led. He managed to be in the right place at the right time when three different big ones occurred around him, escaping unscathed.
With less than 15 laps to go at Talladega, the field began to scramble resulting in an 11-car crash in Turn 3. Brendan Gaughan went upside down as many of the playoff contenders that were racing for those playoff points saw their day come to am end. When the green flag waved, Blaney was on the move to the front.
Before the race got underway, all manufacturers met to talk to the drivers to discuss manufacturer teammates getting banding together to push one another to the front. The Ford camp certainly listened and it paid off in the end.
In the closing laps, Ryan Newman got a big push, rocketing him passed Ryan Blaney. Aric Almirola drove to Blaney's bumper and gave him the push that ultimately got him the win. Blaney took the checkered flag by 0.007 seconds over Newman, making it the sixth-closest finish in series history.
“We spun out early yesterday and missed some big ones today. We were able to weave our way through. I can’t thank Aric Almirola enough for helping me out there at the end.”
The No. 12 Dent Wizard Ford drove to victory lane for the first time this season, locking Ryan Blaney into the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola and Michael McDowell rounded out the Top 5 at Talladega Superspeedway. After a series of accidents, Bowman, Elliott, Bowyer and Byron have found themselves in a must-win situation at Kansas Speedway.
Catch the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in action again next week at Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, October 20 at 2:30PM ET on NBC.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— In an afternoon media availability with Toyota owners, Joe Gibbs was asked about the reports in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) concerning the issues within NASCAR Management. Coach Gibbs mentioned that he was interviewed for the article, but his quotes were not mentioned.
“I was interviewed for that article, and there wasn't one comment I made that was in that article, or there was no slant to anything in there,” said Gibbs.
Gibbs, as well as other owners on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level, believe that the sport is in a great position, despite the reports.
“When I look at the sport, and I go back to 2006 when I ran the Super Bowl in Detroit. We were lucky to have 70,000 seats and to think about every weekend we have better than a Super Bowl 38 times. People need to take that into consideration, and then as you stack the media and the social media on top of that, I think the connection is amazing and with the disruption we’re gonna have now with these three different segments, certainly when we announce a sponsorship like Shell yesterday for seven years and you see Fed Ex, I think that there’s never been more competition on the race track. I think what we have to do as a group, the people in this room, we have to take a little different look at this,” said Penske.
Gibbs and Penske both mentioned the long-term commitments that Shell and FedEx announced this week to help validate their claims.
“We announced FedEx the other day, a new extension for them, a long‑term extension. There's three other sponsors that we also did that with our race team alone. We saw Shell come in and make a huge decision with Roger,” said Gibbs “We also have two new sponsors coming in that we can't announce right now that will probably be announced within the month, okay.’
The Wall Street Journal interviewed numerous executives within the sport, but did not include any portion of their interviews.
“My personal opinion. I just kind of felt like this thing was already going in a direction, and it was like when I was asked questions, it was, we're headed one direction, I don't care what you say. Now, maybe that's not fair and I know that, but I felt it. I felt that. I felt it personally. And I take it because this is all my family, J.D., Coy, all of us, all we do is race every day,” said Gibbs
Speedway Digest has reached out to Tripp Mickle and Valerie Baurlein, writers of the article, but have declined comment. However, The Wall Street Journal has talked to other media outlets stating they stand by the fair and accurate reporting from Mickle and Baurelin. Daytona International Speedway officials have confirmed that WSJ does not have a presence at the speedway during the weekends marquee event, the Daytona 500.
After his sixth-place run at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Saturday night, Kurt Busch has moved the small one-car team of Furniture Row Racing into a Chase contending position; ninth in points.
Back in 2004, the eldest Busch Brother was in racing heaven and on top of the standings; holding up the prized Championship trophy at the end of the season. Since that season, his road has been bumpy to say the least.
He spent five seasons at Penske Racing, running the No.2 Dodge that won the Championship last season and saw Victory Lane eight times. After parting ways with the No.2 in 2011, he moved to the No.22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge, also for Penske Racing. Unfortunately, that ride didn’t last too long.
In 2012, Busch found himself looking for a full-time ride and found that in the No.51 of Phoenix Racing and James Finch. With limited sponsorship, Busch was struggling to put himself in a position to contend for wins and only found himself in the top-10 twice. After 30 races, Busch and Finch parted ways and Busch moved to his new home; Furniture Row Racing.
In the six races he ran at the end of 2012 in the No.78, Busch almost doubled his top-10 finishes. In 2013, Busch set out to prove that he still had it. Based out of Denver, Colorado, Furniture Row Racing is a one-car team who has invested 100% in Kurt Busch. In 18 races, Busch has eight top-10s, four top-5 finishes, and four front row starts including one pole.
Busch has found himself in a position that he hasn’t seen in quite some time, in a Chase position. Sitting ninth in points, Busch isn’t slowing down and continues to push the car to its limits each and every week. He jumped five positions last week when he came into Daytona sitting 14th.
Is a win this season too much of a stretch for Busch? I don’t think so. In the last five races, Busch has four top-10s and two top-10 starting spots. Kurt Busch has made a home for himself at Furniture Row Racing this pairing could go on to do great things together. Have we seen the last of Championship Contending Kurt Busch? Nope, it is clear we have just seen the beginning.