By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski won the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. This is Keselowski’s fourth win on the season.
Keselowski predicted he was going to win the race before the race even started. He also advances to the second round of the playoffs with this win.
“I tell you, it’s a chess game and I got blinders on,” Keselowski said. “I don’t know what everybody is doing and who is where and who is on what strategy, but (crew chief) Jeremy Bullins, the whole 2 team, excellent performance.”
With the win, Keselowski now has 34 career wins in the NASCAR Cup Series. He also has wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Keselowski dominated the event with 192 laps led. He led nearly half of the 400 laps in the nearly three hour race.
The Team Penske has been the only driver, who has been able to compete with Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. Hamlin has six wins, while Harvick has eight wins.
“We’ve got to get there,” he said. “The last two years, I haven’t made it all the way, so we’ve got to get all the way there, but if we can get to Phoenix, we’re gonna be really good. … I don’t want to look too far ahead, the next round is going to be really difficult, but still I am really pumped about this performance.”
Bass Pro Shops driver Martin Truex Jr. finished second in his Joe Gibbs entry. Shell/Pennzoil driver Joey Logano finished third in his Team Penske ride.
“I wanted to win and going for three in a row here would have been pretty cool,” Truex Jr., who swept both races on the 0.75-mile oval last season, said. There still was satisfaction, though. “When your car is off and you can run second, it says a lot about your team.”
William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ryan Blaney are fighting for their playoff lives. They are below the cutoff line for next Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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