By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Saturday, Brad Keselowski was sick and was sub-out for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice. Fast forward 24 hours and he was the winner of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia.
Keselowski, driving the AutoTrader car, led 33 laps in his Ford.
According to Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass, Keselowski said he lost 5-6 pounds in less than 10 hours and he was ‘going the wrong way quick.” He admitted if the race was on Saturday, he would not have been able to race.
This is Keselowski’s first win since the 2018 South Point 400 on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was also sponsored by AutoTrader in this race and led 75 of the 272 laps.
All three of Keselowski’s 2018 wins came in a row. He the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. He then also won Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard.
Truex Jr. was the second-place finisher in his Bass Pro Shops entry for Joe Gibbs Racing. He led four laps in his Toyota.
Kurt Busch finished third in his ComSurv-backed car for Chip Ganassi Racing. He led one lap in his Chevrolet.
Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer rounded out the Top 5 respectively. Harvick, driving his Busch Beer entry for Stewart Haas Racing, finished fourth in his Ford and led 45 laps.
Bowyer, driving the Haas Automation car for Stewart Haas Racing, finished fifth.
Pole sitter Aric Almirola, who finished eighth, led 36 laps. Kyle Larson, who finished 12th, led 142 laps. Ryan Blaney, who finished 22nd, led 41 laps.
Joey Logano, who finished 23rd, led 22 laps. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished 18th, led one lap.
Rookie Ryan Preece was the only car that did not finish the race as a ‘running’ car. Preece, driving the Kroger car for JTG-Daugherty Racing, crashed on lap 271.