Brad Keselowski hasn’t done very well at Dover in his short career but he was able to capitalize on some great pit calls by his crew chief Paul Wolfe to win at Dover International Speedway and capture the lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Denny Hamlin led the field to green trying to overcome many years of lackluster finishes. Denny was able to salvage a by Denny standards eighth place finish. He remains in third place in the standings 16 points behind Brad Keselowski. Jimmie Johnson who was expected to dominate the race as his stats at Dover are at legendary levels was able to finish fourth and ended up dropping to second in the standings five points below Brad Keselowski.
Brad Keselowski started the race 10th. He worked his way up as best he could throughout the day. His team also worked on making the car better. Eventually making it not just a top ten car but a top five car. Brad said after the race, “My team just kept at it all race long. We made some adjustments, made our car a little bit better here and there. I was really proud of that effort. Certainly a lot stronger than what we’ve been here in years past. I thought we were really strong here past fall. I feel we were really strong here this time around. Very, very proud of our team for that. As the race went on, he slowly eked our way up from the 10th starting position we had up to fourth. Kind of fell in there on that last run, after my pit crew got me out fourth, something like that, and that put us in position to really capitalize on good strategy and execution. My guys did that. They did a great job, like you said, with the fuel. Together we were able to manage it very well, which is important as anything else in racing these days. As you saw, it came together at the end for a victory.”
Paul Wolfe Brad’s crew chief added in “I feel like there was a lot of hard work that went in behind the scenes preparing for this weekend. We were able to unload here and have good speed in our car. I feel much better than what we’ve been in the past. I think we backed that up with a solid qualifying effort yesterday afternoon. Just slowly worked on our car all day. Took us probably two runs to get it capable of running in the top five. We were able to do that. Had a little hiccup on pit road, but everybody stayed calm and focused and recovered from that, went on to put ourselves in position.”
Brad Keselowski and the Miller Lite Dodge team, by being able to win at a track that was not supposed to be even on the radar for a win, has served notice that he and his team are ready to make a strong run for this championship.
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