Team Penske NASCAR XFINITY Series Race Report - O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway

April 9, 2016


NASCAR XFINITY Series Race Report

 

Track:    Texas Motor Speedway

Race:     O’Reilly 300

Date:     April 8, 2016

 

No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski

Start:  8th

Finish: 3rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led:  0

Owner’s Points Position (behind leader):  7th (-44 pts.)

 

Recap: Brad Keselowski drove a smart race to score a third-place finish in Friday night’s O’Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, the second top-five finish of the season for the team. After starting the race from the eighth position, Keselowski radioed to his crew that his Ford was loose on corner entry. Crew chief Brian Wilson called for significant adjustments on the first pit stop of night at lap 45 and the car responded well when the race resumed. With the multiple adjustments, the pit stop was extended and Keselowski restarted the race from the 12th position, but he quickly began to make his way through the field. As the car became more to his liking, Keselowski was able to race his way into the top five before the halfway point. On the final restart of the night at lap 152, Keselowski found himself in the second position with a shot to win his first race of the year. When the green flag fell the No. 3 of Ty Dillon tried to give Keselowski a push into the lead, but he caught the rear bumper of the No. 22 Ford at an awkward angle and nearly turned Keselowski around in front of the rest of the field. Keselowski was able to gather the Ford and continue on, but dropped to the third position. He tried to mount one final charge but couldn’t get back to the front and took the checkered flag in third place.

Quote:  "It was a decent day for the Discount Tire Ford and for our XFINITY program. We haven’t really started off the year like we wanted, but we’ve got a little bit of momentum. I think we’re starting to get our cars a little bit better. Of course, we want to win and you look at the format the XFINITY Series has and winning is really all that kind of matters.”