The race at Kentucky Speedway gave NASCAR some trouble after rain forced the race to get postponed. Rain may have been the only issue for many on Saturday, but they continued on for Brad Keselowski on race day.
Heading into the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky, not only was Keselowski going into the race as the reigning Sprint Cup champion, but he was going in as the defending race winner. What could have been Keselowski’s opportunity to capture his first win of the year and a repeat at a race he’s won before, turned into the exact opposite.
With 48 laps into a already delayed Kentucky race, Keselowski’s chances at competing for a win and moving up in the point standings came to an end very fast. Keselowski was involved in a multi-car wreck after some contact with Kurt Busch. The No. 2 car received plenty of damage on the rear.
After the wreck Keselowski had dropped to 39th in the race.
The No. 2 team was able to make repairs on the reigning champions car and was able to get back in the race. Keselowski may have been able to move up a few spots by the end of the race, but it wasn’t enough to repair the damage that had already been done.
Keselowski may have been able to salvage a 39th place finish into a 33rd, but he was not able to remain within the top 10 in the point standings. He took a big loss going from ninth in the points to 13th. Without a win thus far in the season, it keeps him out of a wildcard position with Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart holding on to both wild cards and a win each.
Prior to the Quaker State 400 Keselowski went into the weekend attempting all three races at the track. He found good results in the Trucks race with a second place finish and a win in the Nationwide race. When it came to the Cup Series race, his luck throughout the weekend fell a bit short.