Brad Keselowski led 446 of 500 laps in the spring race at the Martinsville (VA) Speedway. It was a dominating performance out of him on the Virginia paperclip. In the return trip to the .526-mile oval this past weekend, Keselowski didn’t pace the field for a single lap but still managed a third place finish out of his No. 2 Ford.
What gave him an advantage back in March is what hurt him in the October race – tough to pass. See, Martin Truex Jr. led 464 of 500 laps in Sunday’s First Data 500 as it was a day that proved difficulty in passing.
“Long green flag runs, a lot of aggressiveness, a lot of contact,” Keselowski said following his fourth straight top five in the Martinsville playoff race. “It was really tough to pass. When you get behind somebody you’re way faster than that big spoiler would just kill you, but, all in all, a good day for us.”
Despite being in third, Keselowski said that he didn’t think that he had much more in him to get to the lead.
“I think that’s about all we had or maybe a little more than what we had,” Keselowski continued. “We just kind of kept our head on our shoulders all day and made the most of what we had. I was really proud of our team for that effort.”
Keselowski, is no longer playoff eligible following a second round exit last weekend in Kansas. But, for him, it’s good to get back on the top five train as he hopes to end the season with some momentum.