Team Penske teammates’ troubles
at Bristol end top-ten streaks
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Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski's cars sit on the apron after their lap 19 accident Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano’s lap 19 tangle Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway ultimately snapped both drivers’ consecutive top-ten finish streaks.
Keselowski and Logano finished 35th and 40th respectively in Sunday’s Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes, snapping six consecutive top-ten finishes for Keselowski and seven for Logano.
Keselowski, who was working around the lapped car of Alex Kennedy, got loose out of turn four. Teammate Joey Logano collected damage from running into Keselowski. The two proceeded to hit the inside of the track.
“The car just took off on me,” Keselowski said. “I’d like to blame the rain, but I honestly don’t know. Usually when a car gets that far sideways, it’s kind of out of nowhere, there’s a reason behind it. I just really hate that I tore up my teammate in the process.”
Keselowski, a two-time Bristol winner, returned to the racing surface eight laps down after the race’s first red flag. Keselowski ultimately finished 22 laps down.
Both drivers were running inside the top-five when the on-track ordeal occurred, and Logano described the incident as something that happened fast.
“It happened quick, obviously,” he said. “You think, early in this race, you just want to settle in and [was] just starting to get the top working a little bit there. Brad just got loose underneath that lapped car, and he started checking up. It looked like he was going to have it saved, and he checked up more than I expected, next thing I know, I’m in the back of him, and we’re both headed towards the fence.”
Logano’s team spent time in the garage area making repairs to the No. 22 Autotrader Ford Fusion. He finished 59 laps down.
While both drivers will be a part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup for a third consecutive year, Logano said Sunday’s effort doesn’t provide solace.
“That doesn’t help anything,” he said. “I want to win a race.”