Keselowski emerges victorious in DC Solar 200
By Matt Courson
March 10, 2018
AVONDALE, Ariz.—Brad Keselowski was able to hold off a late charge by Justin Allgaier to escape victorious in the DC Solar 200 Saturday at ISM Raceway.
The driver of the No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford led the final 22 laps en route to his second victory in the Arizona desert.
“Brian Wilson (crew chief) made some great adjustments to the car and the weather kind of came to us with what we needed for how our car was handling,” Keselowski said post race.
“It is good to see that work out for everyone at Team Penske with the FItzgerald Glider Ford Mustang. It was a solid team effort.”
This was Keselowski’s 37th win of his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) career and first of 2018 in the series.
Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Christopher Bell in fourth and Jamie McMurray in fifth.
The DC Solar 200 was McMurray’s first start in the NXS at ISM Raceway since 2008.
Justin Allgaier won Stage 1 and Kyle Busch won Stage 2.
Allgaier closed ground on Keselowski in the closing laps, but was not able to run down the eventual race winner.
“You never know what’s gonna happen in these races,” Allgaier said.
“You never know how lapped traffic is gonna change the game, so for me I just had to push as hard as I could, keep him on his toes and hope he’d make a mistake, but he didn’t have it.”
Allgaier extended his streak to seven consecutive top-10 finishes at ISM Raceway.
JR Motorsports now owns the top-three positions in NXS points.
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