The Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (one-mile oval, Avondale, AZ)
Starting Position: 11
Finishing Position: 4
Current Championship Position: 3
THE RACE REVIEW
·Brad Keselowski started Sunday’s race from the 11th position based on his lap of 26.309 seconds during the Friday afternoon qualifying session.
·Following a two-tire pit stop on lap 100, the Miller Lite Ford driver restarted the race in the third position thanks to great work by the Miller Lite pit crew.
·Keselowski raced his way into the lead at lap 127.
·A four-tire pit stop at lap 142 resulted in the team restarting from the 16th position as many other competitors elected to change only two tires.
·The 2012 series champ was able to work his way back to the front of the field, as he reported that he was very happy with his car.
·A late-race caution flag was displayed with Keselowski running in the third position, and it set up a green-white-checkered flag finish. He crossed the finish line in fourth place after hard racing among the leaders at the end.
·The finish is the second-consecutive top-five result to start the season, a first for Keselowski in his career.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
“I just gave (race winner) Carl (Edwards) a good push into turn one. I wish I would have used the run to try and make a pass, but I don’t think I could have pulled it off without wrecking Carl. Then I was running side-by-side with Jimmie (Johnson) and Denny (Hamlin) in a good battle to the end. Those guys fought hard and there was a lot of desire. It’s early in the season, but I feel like there’s a lot of passion and that’s a good thing.” – Brad Keselowski describing the end of Sunday’s race
“That’s how it’s supposed to be, right? That was cool. We had a really great Miller Lite Ford today. I thought we had the car to win the race, but I could just never get that track position towards the end that we needed. If you could get to the lead, it looked like you had it covered, but it just wasn’t meant to be.” – Keselowski on the battle between he, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin at the end