Brad Keselowski captures second XFINITY victory of 2017
By Matt Courson
September 9, 2017
RICHMOND, Va.—Brad Keselowski claimed the victory Friday evening in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 Richmond Raceway.
Keselowski passed Kyle Busch for the lead and led the remaining 16 laps en route to victory at the .75-mile speedway.
“From my view, that was one of those race wins that was extremely
personally gratifying,” Keselowski said.
“To know you are probably not as good as someone on the short run and just try to wear them down every lap and knowing that if you can get a long run you’ve got a shot and it and we did; we got a long run and I still had to make the right moves.”
STAGE ONE (LAPS 1-75)
Pole-sitter Kyle Busch led the opening 45 laps.
Brad Keselowski passed Busch for the lead and led the next 12 laps.
The first yellow flag of the evening flew on lap 54. Bobby Earnhardt experienced a melted bead on his right-front tire went out, sending him into the wall in Turn 3.
When the race resumed on lap 59, Kyle Busch passed Brad Keselowski for the lead.
However, while utilizing a tire strategy, Ty Dillon passed Kyle Busch for the lead on lap 64.
Dillon led the remaining 12 laps to capture the first stage victory.
STAGE TWO (LAPS 76-150)
Brendan Gaughan elected to stay out on the race track under the yellow flag, and moved to the front while everyone else took to pit road for fresh tires.
The field zoomed past Gaughan in the first turn, and Hemric took the lead.
Hemric led the next 13 laps until Kyle Busch chased down and passed him on lap 97.
A pass for the stage win on the final lap would occur on Lap 149. Brad Keselowski got around Kyle Busch for the lead and sailed on to the second stage victory.
STAGE THREE (LAPS 151-250)
Kyle Busch took the green flag and led the next 18 laps.
On lap 234, Buch’s rival Brad Keselowski once again passed Busch for the lead.
Keselowski led the remaining 16 laps in the stage and captured the victory at Richmond Raceway.
Brad Keselowski captured the checkered flag for the 39th time in his XFINITY Series career.
The driver of the No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford has finished inside the top-10 in his 9 starts this year.
This is Keselowski’s fourth victory in 17 races at Richmond.
Kyle Busch posted his 19th top-10 finish in 22 races at Richmond Raceway.
Daniel Hemric, who finished fourth, was the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 95 points over William Byron.
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