NASCAR at Kansas 2020 Results: Brad Keselowski Earns 2nd Win in Last 3 Races

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 31, 2020

Brad Keselowski (2) does a burnout after winning after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Brad Keselowski started where he finished as the pole-sitter won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, on Sunday.  


WHAT. A. FINISH! Retweet to congratulate Brad @Keselowski on his Bristol win. https://t.co/mMIazXj5qE


Brad @Keselowski celebrates his Bristol win! https://t.co/xrJlT9Z1Pp

That did not look likely with two laps remaining as Joey Logano and Chase Elliott fought for the lead. However, the two ended up hitting the wall as Elliott tried to pass:

FOX Sports @FOXSports

A WILD finish at Bristol Motor Speedway as Joey Logano and Chase Elliott get together. Brad Keselowski grabs the win. https://t.co/EjIKa3mpkZ

Logano was not pleased, as Kelly Crandall of RACER noted:

Kelly Crandall @KellyCrandall

“What the f—k was that?” Asks Joey Logano. “I passed that motherf—ker clean.” | #NASCAR

Jeff Gluck of The Athletic provided his take:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Looked like Chase Elliott just couldn't hold the bottom. Opened it up for Logano. Elliott bumped him. Then as they raced for lead, Elliott lost it, hit Logano, took them both out and Keselowski sailed by. The earlier one wasn't on Elliott. That one was, IMO.

Logano and Elliott spoke with each other in a heated discussion after the race:


Chase and Joey discuss the finish. https://t.co/gJNfbCh7nM

And Logano was blunt in his assessment of the incident in an interview:


"[Chase] wrecked me."- Joey Logano https://t.co/qqFYW3GZVg

Elliott took the blame when Fox Sports spoke with him:


"I'll certainly take the blame."- Chase Elliott on his late-race incident with Joey Logano https://t.co/9O0SfYEB7b

Logano and Elliott finished 21st and 22nd, respectively. Their wreck allowed Clint Bowyer to come out of nowhere and finish second.

Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones rounded out the top five, per NASCAR.com. Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, William Byron, Christopher Bell and Bubba Wallace ended sixth through 10th.

As for the winner, Keselowski reigned victorious for his second race in three tries after winning the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A race that finished with 17 cautions contained plenty of action, and here's a look at how all three stages went down at the first short-track race of the NASCAR Cup Series season.


Stage 1

Chase Elliott won the first stage despite the Penske Racing team largely dominating for the first 125 laps.

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

Chase Elliott wins the opening stage at Bristol. His best career Cup Series finish at Bristol is third. https://t.co/MuK64uTmlq

Keselowski took pole position and largely stayed in first for much of the stage, but teammate Ryan Blaney passed him late:


New leader: Ryan @Blaney! https://t.co/VTyou0DQYY

Elliott chased down Blaney with 20 laps left, though, and took the stage win home.


This battle, tho. 👀 @ChaseElliott to the lead in Bristol! https://t.co/WHKwY28Fhy

The rest of the top 10 went as follows, per Jeff Gluck of The Athletic:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Chase Elliott picks up his fourth stage win of the season and he now has nine playoff points. That's tied for third (Logano has 12.) Others getting stage points in Stage 1: 2. Blaney 3. Keselowski 4. Almirola 5. Logano 6. Harvick 7. DiBenedetto 8. Hamlin 9. Stenhouse 10. Johnson

The first stage largely ran smooth, with the only non-competition caution occurring when Ryan Newman spun out. He sustained no major damage and was able to rejoin the lead lap.


Early trouble for Ryan Newman! https://t.co/TBkKa19Kao

It was surprising to see such a clean race, with Brian Eberly of Motorsports Tribune noting the following:

Brian Eberly @beberly18

Incredibly surprising to have only one caution thus far that isn’t for competition or stage end Just an early Newman spin #NASCAR

All 40 cars that began the race were still in it by the time the first stage was completed.


Stage 2

Calm turned to chaos in the second stage, with numerous crashes halting action and forcing drivers out of the race.

Blaney ran into some trouble on the top lane and spun out. Unfortunately, Ty Dillon had nowhere to go and slammed into the corner of Blaney's bumper, knocking him out of the race, as well.


Big trouble! Ryan Blaney goes around and Ty Dillon slams into him. https://t.co/8TNXyO8m3l

Blaney spoke with Fox Sports about the wreck soon afterward:


"We got destroyed ..."- Ryan Blaney https://t.co/OYrlDq97BT

Blaney and Dillon weren't the only victims on the short track Sunday, with Jimmie Johnson running into the back of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and causing a crash that involved eight drivers:


Jimmie Johnson gets into Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and triggers a huge crash at Bristol. https://t.co/Mq6X7Svb9Z

The first red flag of the race then flew. In addition to Stenhouse and Johnson, Alex Bowman, Ryan Preece, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto, Tyler Reddick and Kurt Busch were involved.

Gluck provided some context for the crash cause:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Looked like Kenseth got loose, Stenhouse had to slightly check up, Jimmie Johnson didn't check up and got into Stenhouse, then Stenhouse spun and everyone plowed into it. Kurt Busch, Bowman, etc.

Reddick, Custer, Bowman and Stenhouse's days were done after the crash, per Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports.

After the dust settled, Elliott finished as the stage winner once again:

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

Chase Elliott makes it a sweep of stages at Bristol. Can he finish the deal and win two Cup races in less than four days? https://t.co/AtSlbvr8Bc

The rest of the top 10 went as follows:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Chase Elliott sweeps the first two stages. Fifth stage win of the season. That's the most in the series. He now has 10 playoff points. Others getting stage points: 2. Hamlin 3. Harvick 4. Logano 5. KyBusch 6. Bowyer 7. Byron 8. Jones 9. Keselowski 10. Buescher Free pass: KuBu


Stage 3

Order was largely restored in the third stage, save for a couple of hairy moments that included Ryan Newman spinning out but somehow avoiding the wall:


Ryan Newman goes around, but keeps it off the wall. https://t.co/Et57psHkM6

Joe Gibbs Racing led the pack for much of the stage, with Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch each taking first on two separate occasions.

JGR is no stranger to short-track success, per NASCAR researcher Matt Willis:

Matt Willis @WillisOnNASCAR

Entering today, @JoeGibbsRacing has won 5 straight short-track races (3 by Truex, 1 by Hamlin, 1 by Busch). That's the longest streak by a team since... JGR won 6 straight from 2010-11 (3 by Busch, 3 by Hamlin)

Per Pockrass, Hamlin stayed out when others went to pit road following the second stage, enabling him to overtake Elliott.

Elliott appeared to be ready to take over the lead from Hamlin, but timing was not his friend as a caution came out for Gray Gaulding, keeping Hamlin in front, according to Performance Racing Network:

PRN @PRNlive

Chase Elliott was alongside Denny Hamlin for the lead but #NASCAR rules Hamlin was the leader when the caution flag waved. #SupermarketHeroes500

The order turned into more chaos, though, when a six-car crash occurred involving Newman, Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Bubba Wallace and Michael McDowell.

That occurred with 29 laps left, setting up an exciting finish.


Trouble for Aric Almirola, Michael McDowell and Martin Truex Jr. in Bristol. https://t.co/mezs5KeSnr

Hamlin held on for dear life but could not finish in front after a wreck with 11 laps turned him around:


It's Bristol, baby! Chase Elliott grabs the lead after issues for Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. That was awesome. https://t.co/1ifcbn1Lar


It's Bristol, baby! Chase Elliott grabs the lead after issues for Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. That was awesome. https://t.co/1ifcbn1Lar

It appeared that one of Logano or Elliott would be the victor at that point, but it was not meant to be as Keselowski swooped in for the win.