Kick It Up: Brad Keselowski Rolls To Dominate Win In Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 At NHMS

Brad Keselowski poses with the winner’s lobster following the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Photo: Harold Hinson Photography/NHMS)

LOUDON, N.H. – Before the start of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski saw things get shaken up within his No. 2 team. 

Keselowski’s longtime crew chief Paul Wolfe moved over to the Penske Racing No. 22 team with driver Joey Logano. Jeremy Bullins, who had been leading the Penske Racing No. 12 team with Ryan Blaney moved to the crew chief position with Keselowski. 

Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion, hasn’t been afraid to say that he needed the change. 

“I needed a kick in the ass and Jeremy and this whole team has been a kick in the butt for me to make me a little better and push me to find another level,” Keselowski said. “And we’re doing that so far.” 

Keselowski came to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 sitting second in the series standings with a pair of wins over the first 19 races this year. 

But he came looking for something he and Bullins have been striving for this year. He came looking for a day where he overshadowed the competition. 

And that was exactly what he got Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

Keselowski led 184 laps on the way to victory in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

It was the 33rd career Cup Series victory for Keselowski and his second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He also won in July 2014 in Loudon. 

“We’ve had a lot great races this year with our car, but we just hadn’t really went out and kind of dominated a race,” Keselowski said. “I was talking to Jeremy Bullins and agreed that what we needed to get done to the next level … was go just dominate a race. And that’s what today was for us.” 

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. were second and third respectively. 

While Keselowski controlled the pace out front for much of the event, it was Hamlin who kept him honest with a multitude of fiery side-by-side battles between the two on restarts during the event. Hamlin led 92 laps on the day. 

“We just kind of were second there to [Keselowski],” Hamlin said. “We could really do well on restarts and we were going back and forth. That’s some really really good short track racing there. Hopefully the fans liked what they saw there with me and [Keselowski] for most of the day. Some great side-by-side racing up there. It’s good that we got 1-2 out of it.” 

Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and now Cup Series regular Ryan Preece was 16th

Comments

  1. Nice job NASCAR. Great to see all the NASCAR personnel wearing masks. Great demonstration of lead by example.

    NASCAR knows that if they experience or cause a TrumpPandemic outbreak, the season is ovah!!!!!

  2. What happened to Ryan Preece on the last lap? He started the lap in 12th, but ended it in 16th place??

  3. Rafter Fan,
    Ran out of gas.

  4. Fast Eddie says

    It’s a shame Preece lost some spots at the end from running out of gas, but thank God he broke away from the last place finishes! I thought he had a nice run overall, knocking on the door to the top ten a couple of times.

  5. Although Kezlowski won, Harvick had the best car, it was out stratgedy that got him behind, and he was never able to get back to the front. It was good to see Preece get a top 20 finish. Might give the team a much needed confidence boost.

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