Brian Keselowski Takes 2nd Place at Motor Mile Speedway’s “Food Country USA 200″, CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series – August 16, 2014

Race day finally arrived at Motor Mile Speedway after being delayed for a week due to inclement weather. Brian Keselowski and crew unloaded their No.29 car and quickly get to work. After just one run in the first practice session, Keselowski knew he was dealing with an uncooperative race car that was tight in the center and loose off all day in both practice sessions. The crew worked diligently on the issues and Keselowski went on to qualify in the 5th position for the start of the “Food Country USA 200″. Keselowski welcomed back loyal sponsors “Highland Wealth Advisors”, LLC”, “Dollhouse Ally”, “Virginia Software Group, LLC”, “Lillard’s Rug & Carpet Cleaners” and local newcomer to the team “Hannifan’s BBQ & Grill” of Radford VA. The owners; Andrea and Michael Hannifan were at the track with members of their staff to meet Keselowski and to see their investment earn it’s worth! They later reported that they were very happy with the end result!


The Pro Cup cars took the green flag at approximately 9:00pm. Brian quickly moved up one spot to p4 and kept that position until lap 18 when he was passed by the No.25 car due to his car getting “too tight”.  He stayed within mid pack range and when the caution came out on lap 68 for debris, Keselowski was in p8 with a very hot RR tire.  Crew chief, Bob Keselowski came over the radio shortly after that restart and said “Your brakes are glowing pretty good too”. “Take care of that car until the half way break coming up in less than 30 laps”.

On lap 81 the No.05 car in the 5th position and No.2 car in the 6th position brought out the caution. Brian was in 8th position and directly behind the No.2 car. The No.05 car’s throttle got stuck going into turn 1 and sent him straight up towards the wall, taking the 2 car out of contention along with himself. Keselowski managed not to get caught in that wreck and took over the 6th position.  It wasn’t long before the next opportunity to advance in position presented itself to Keselowski when the No.23 car got spun by the No.88 car on lap 92. It took 6 laps before going back to green on lap 98 just 3 laps shy of the half way break.

Keselowski’s crew spent their 5 minute pit stop wisely, taking 4 new American Racer tires, filled the car with VP Fuel, made an air adjustment and other necessary changes spoken about between driver and crew chief prior to the break. Pro Cup reset the field for the second half of the race and drew Keselowski to restart in p3. Within one lap of the second half, Keselowski took p2 and he kept that position for 27 laps until his car started to get too tight again. During the next 45 laps he slowly slipped back to the 6th position. On lap 174, car No.154 suffered a flat RF tire which worked in Keselowski’s favor putting him up a spot into the 5th position.

The field took the green flag on lap 181 but only 3 laps later on lap 184, the yellow flag waved again. This time, it was because the No.75 car and No.25 car got into each other going into turn 1. This incident wound up causing the race to be red flagged due to an altercation that broke out on pit road between the pit crews of these two teams, resulting in one man being removed via ambulance from the track for further observation. The race was halted for about 45 minutes while order was restored. This also worked out in Keselowski’s favor because his tires were getting very hot and he was glad the tires had a chance to cool down before going green again on lap 192. This incident also moved Keselowski into the 3rd position for this restart. Two laps later Brian moved into the 2nd position when the No.66 car had engine failure. He made it off the track safely and the caution was not called.

Keselowski’s crew on pit road were jumping with excitement and cheering him on when the yellow flag came out once again on lap 196. The No.00 car spun out heading into turn 2 which caused the race to end under a green white checkered flag. Brian Keselowski was lined up on the outside of the front row next to JP Morgan in the No.23 car. Keselowski had a really good restart on lap 198 and took p1 by half a car but he couldn’t clear Morgan for the lead. Keselowski kept Morgan pinned down coming to the white flag but going into turn 1 Keselowski’s No.29 just wouldn’t turn enough. Keselowski got a run back to the outside going into turn 3 but couldn’t get to Morgan by the time they crossed the finish line. JP Morgan claimed his 3rd victory of the year and Keselowski scored his highest finish yet in p2. This was Keselowski’s 4th race of the year with the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series.

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