By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In order to win a race, many drivers need a little bit of luck to do so. Brad Keselowski had luck on his side on Sunday.
The Discount Tire driver was able to get the win in the 2020 Food City Presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. He was able to get the lead when there was a late crash in the race.
This is the second Cup Series win for Keselowski in the past week. He has won two of the three Cup Series races over the span of seven days, as he also won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend.
The Michigan native now has two wins on the season. This is his 32nd win in the Cup Series over the past 13 seasons.
“There’s definitely a lot of that,” Keselowski said about winning the two races the way he did. “We had good speed [Sunday=. I think maybe the 9 car [Chase Elliott] might have been the fastest car. Only by a little bit. I might have been just as fast as he was. We just got behind. I made a couple mistakes. Dug ourselves in a little bit of a hole. I think on equal tires, we were as good or better than anybody else out there, probably equal to the 9. It just didn’t really play out that way for us to show that in the middle part of the race. In the beginning, it did. I think if you look at a couple other races this year, I felt like we were probably the second or third best car at Phoenix. Kind of had the opposite of [Sunday] happen where all the yellows came against us, bad lanes on restarts, all that kind of stuff.
“It’s nice to catch some of those breaks. The Coke 600, I don’t know if we were as good as the 9. I don’t think we were. I thought we were the second best car again. You run like this, you put yourself in position with good cars, running up in the top five, allow good things to happen to yourself, be in position. I think that’s what we’re doing really well right now.”
Clint Bowyer had his best finish in a while, as he finished in second place. The Kansas native picked up his first second place finish since the 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
This is his second Top 5 finish of the 2020 season. And his 82nd of his career.
Jimmie Johnson finished third in his Ally ride. He was the only Chevrolet in the Top 3, as both Keselowski and Bowyer drive Ford’s as their manufacturer.
Denny Hamlin had a race-high 131 laps, while Keselowski was second with 115 laps led. Kyle Busch was third with 100 laps led.
Elliott was next with 88 laps led, while Ryan Blaney had 60 laps led. Matt DiBenedetto and Joey Logano also led laps in the race.
This race was a crash fest for many drivers. In fact, 10 drivers were eliminated from the race due to crashes.
Corey LaJoie was the lone driver, who did not finish the race, who was not involved in a crash to be eliminated from the race. He had a fuel pressure problem that sent him home on lap 375.
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