Brad Keselowski Uses Pit Strategy To Blow By The Field In Closing Laps

Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IJune 7, 2008

Brad Keselowski had been really close several times this season to pulling out his first career victory but the breaks never went his way, that is until tonight.  Keselowski was running in fifth place with less than 40 laps to go in the Nationwide Series event at Nashville Saturday when the caution came out.  After leading earlier for a bit in the race it seemed as his car began to fall off a little, so Keselowski brought the car down pit road for service.  Brad and his team decided the only way they could pull into victory lane was if they had fresh tires so they got two right side tires and so gasoline.  Brad flew by most of the pack after restarting the race in ninth position he quickly moved his way to third where it looked like he may run out of time to seal the deal, but this time lady luck was on his side as the caution flew for Brad Teague spinning out with 12 laps to go.  Keselowski nabbed the lead from Clint Bowyer with five laps to go and he never looked back winning by 1.4 seconds over David Stremme. David Reutimann finished third, followed by Bowyer, and David Ragan rounds out the Top-5 tonight.  Moments after hoisting the Gibson Guitar which is the trophy for winning at Nashville Speedway Keselowski stated,

"I've got to thank everyone who got me here and believed in me".

"We're gonna go fight for this title now that we have this win out of the way" the 24 year old Keselowski said.

This kid is picking up confidence and just seems to pick it up each week.  Clint Bowyer retains the point lead, but Keselowski is in fifth in the standings less than 200 points out.