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Brad Keselowski looking to rebound at Pocono with the No.2 Team Penske Ford Fusion this Sunday

Despite running the first two stages, Brad Keselowski looked clueless as to why the brakes failed at New Hampshire.

Now Keselowski moves on from his disappointing run before he heads to Pocono Raceway later this week.

Race Recap

Brad Keselowski started from 6th where he moved up two more spots until he made his first stop during the competition caution on Lap 35.

He restarted from 9th straight after the restart before he fell to 12th at the end of Stage 1.

So the No.2 crew ordered a wedge and air pressure adjustment to see how Keselowski’s car reacts in Stage 2.

The feedback Keselowski got doesn’t gain that much where he finished 11th towards the halfway mark.

He did gain two spots in 9th during the first half of Stage 3 thanks to another stop during the next stage break.

However, Keselowski’s day has gone to a slow halt due to a lack of brakes.

With less than 50 laps left, the No.2 crew fixed his brakes up which restored half a pedal before Keselowski came home 32nd with seven laps down.

2018 Foxwood Resorts & Casino 300 Loop Data Statistics

  • Start: 6th
  • Middle: 11th
  • Finish: 32nd
  • Highest Run: 4th
  • Lowest Position: 33rd
  • Average Spot: 15th
  • Pass Difference: -25
  • Green Flag Passes: 57, Times Passed: 82
  • Quality Passes: 39, 68.4%
  • Fastest Lap: 3
  • Top 15 Laps: 215, 71.4%
  • Total Laps: 293/301
  • Driver Rating: 67.2
© 2018 Russell LaBounty
NKP
www.NigelKinrade.com

Brad Keselowski’s Pocono Raceway Cup Record

  • 17 Starts
  • 2799 of 2800 Laps Completed, 100%
  • 178 Laps Led
  • One Win, 5.9%
  • Nine Top 5, 52.9%
  • Ten Top 10, 58.8%
  • Average Start: 11.9 & Finish: 10.2
  • DNF: Zero

Results

  • 21st, June 2010
  • 20th, August 2010
  • 23rd, June 2011
  • 1st, August 2011
  • 18th, June 2012
  • 4th, August 2012
  • 16th, June 2013
  • 6th, August 2013
  • 2nd, June 2014
  • 23rd, August 2014
  • 17th, June 2015
  • 2nd, August 2015
  • 3rd, June 2016
  • 2nd, August 2016
  • 5th, June & July 2017 & June 2018

Key Points

  • It’s his six consecutive Top 5 and ten performance at Pocono since August 2015
  • He finished 5th three straight times over the last three recent Pocono races
  • Never suffered a DNF against his name before
  • Hasn’t won a Pocono race since August 2011

His 2018 Season So Far.

  • 20 Starts
  • 5296 of 5708 Laps Completed, 92.5%
  • 322 Laps Led
  • Highest Start: 2nd, June 2018 in Michigan
  • Best Finish: 2nd, February 2018 in Atlanta
  • Five Top 5, 25%
  • 11 Top 10, 55%
  • Average Start: 10.2 & Finish: 14.7
  • DNF: Four
  • He currently sits 7th in the Drivers’ Standings with 635 Points.

Results

  • 32nd, Daytona 500
  • 2nd, Atlanta
  • 6th, Las Vegas
  • 15th, Phoenix
  • 4th, Fontana
  • 10th, Martinsville
  • 33rd, Texas
  • 23rd, Bristol
  • 8th, Richmond
  • 33rd, Talladega
  • 6th, Dover
  • 14th, Kansas
  • 4th, Charlotte
  • 5th, Pocono
  • 6th, Michigan
  • 13th, Sonoma
  • 9th, Chicago
  • 36th, Daytona
  • 3rd, Kentucky
  • 32nd, New Hampshire
© 2018 Logan Whitton
NKP
www.NigelKinrade.com

Conclusion

It’s been an okay first two stages for Brad Keselowski where he ran in and out of the Top 10.

He tried to hope for the best with a Top 7 finish following a solid stop in the lead up towards Stage 3.

But the lack of brakes have stagnated Keselowski’s progress and ultimately dented his hopes of securing a decent finish at New Hampshire.

Anyways, Keselowski is hoping to rebound at a track he recently did quite well.

Despite finishing 5th three times, he’s looking more than just ending that spot when it comes to ticking off a race win.

He hasn’t done that so far in 20 races this season as Keselowski will be hoping that the No.2 car performs excellent lap times on Friday & Saturday.

That’s where most of the work will be done to help Keselowski maximize his race strategy during race day & try to finish as high as possible.

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