Keselowski looks to defend Coke Zero 400 win at Daytona


By Daniel Courson

June 30, 2017


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Brad Keselowski is seeking his sixth victory on a restrictor plate race track at Daytona International Speedway in the 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola Saturday.


Keselowski enters Daytona hoping to capitalize on momentum that began last week at Sonoma with a third-place finish, a place Keselowski considers one his worst race tracks.


The driver of the No. 2 Ford for Team Penske said he would love to create a wave of momentum with a win with the ups entering a track he won at last year.


On Saturday, Keselowski will start third, marking his ninth start inside the top 10 at a restrictor plate race. The 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion dominated last year’s race, leading 115 of the 161 laps at the World Center of Racing.


However, despite the recent success at Daytona’s sister track, Talladega Superspeedway, the Michigan native says that the two tracks are completely different from one another and that there is less to carry over than one might think.


“I think Daytona and Talladega have long been two different tracks,” Keselowski said. “It is wider and a lot harder to block and control the pace at Talladega. That is not a bad thing.”

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