TBT: Brad Keselowski Wins Kentucky for the Third Time


In this weeks Throwback Thursday, we relive when Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski won at Kentucky Speedway for the third time in his career.

The date was July 9, 2016 and marked the day where the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion became the first three-time winner at the 1.5-mile track located in Sparta, Kentucky.

Keselowski took over the lead from fellow competitor Kevin Harvick on lap 201, whose race it was early on but Harvick started to fade as the sun set and would end up finishing ninth after leading 128 laps in the race.

Martin Truex Jr., looked as if he would take control of the race but was penalized just before the races final restart due to a pit lane violation and was forced to start at the rear.

With six laps to go Matt Kenseth would take the lead but he soon had to pit for fuel handing the top spot back to Keselowski.

Keselowski’s No. 2 Penske Ford nearly ran out of gas with two laps remaining and his team told him to flip his switches.

“It became obvious we were going to have to save gas at the end. I had to get back what I used earlier, said Keselowski.”

He managed to hold off a charging Carl Edwards who got close to Keselowski on the final lap but was unable to catch him.

Keselowski would go on to lead 75 laps in route to his second straight victory and series best fourth of the season at the time.

Keselowski will look go for a series leading fourth win at the 1.5-mile track come Saturday evening and rebound from a disappointing 40th place result in this race last season after being involved in a crash.

Fantasy Note: Keselowski’s numbers at Kentucky include 3 wins in 7 starts, 3 top-5’s, 5 top-10 finishes 483 laps led, and 1 pole. His average start is 5.3 and his average finish sits at 12.57.

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Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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