Keselowski collects second consecutive superspeedway victory

By Isabel Gonzalez
Staff Reporter
July 3, 2016

Brad Keselowski can now say he has a Sprint Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway.

Brad Keselowski celebrates his victory in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night.
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Keselowski’s win in the Coke Zero 400 Saturday marks the driver’s second straight win at a restrictor plate event in the Sprint Cup Series, as he won at Talladega Superspeedway in May.

While the Coke Zero 400’s average speed was slowed by five cautions, one of which added the green-white-checkered finish, Keselowski was able to stay in front of his closest competitors, leading the final 17 laps Saturday night. The win is his overall fifth restrictor plate win with the previous four all coming at Talladega Superspeedway. It is also his third win of the 2016 season. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Trevor Bayne in third. Keselowski’s teammate, Joey Logano, finished fourth place. Keselowski commented on the Busch brothers and how they worked together in the race. “Those guys were doing a heck of a job,” he said. “Kyle and Kurt worked together really well, and my teammate Joey Logano was a huge part of this today. He gave me that push I needed to get to the front and here we are at Daytona in Victory Lane.” Logano commented on his crew chief’s call to change all four tires during his final pit stop. “Todd Gordon made a great call to put four tires on which allowed us to be aggressive at the end,” Logano said. Starting fifth, Keselowski committed to racing at the front of the field and blocked his competitors throughout the night.

THROUGH THE FIELD On lap 89, more than half the cars on the track, 22 of the 40 competitors, were involved in the race’s largest wreck by car count. As a result, seven cars fell out of the race and the wreck involved all four of the Hendrick Motorsports cars. Tony Stewart, last week’s Sonoma winner, avoided being part of the 22-car wreck however, he wasn’t able to avoid all of the accidents. On lap 149, Stewart got loose in Turn 1. Ultimately, six cars were involved in what would be the race’s fourth caution. Stewart finished 26th. “I got loose into one there,” he said. “Hadn't been loose all day, but I got loose there and then over-corrected for it and drove it in the fence. So definitely my fault.” Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Ford Fusion, began the race as the leader of the pack after winning the pole position on Friday.

Greg Biffle leads the field to the green flag in the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
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Biffle led one lap and posted his first top-ten of the season in the Sprint Cup Series, finishing eighth. “It was a rough night after we got in that [lap 89] wreck,” Biffle said. “We got shuffled out of line and that will happen with speedway racing. We were working our way back up and running with the 4 car and a few of those guys and somebody got turned right in the middle. “I don't know who. We got pretty severe damage and were able to come back and finish eighth. We had a pretty fast car and the 2 car was unbelievably fast. We have some work to do still but I am so proud of my guys. This Ford EcoBoost Fusion ran really well.”

Which driver will finish highest at Kentucky Speedway next Saturday night?
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Trevor Bayne