Brad Keselowski and Ford dominate at Daytona

By Dale Money (@Packerd_00)  Comments
Updated: July 4, 2016

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On the next-to-last restart with six laps to go, Keselowski started on the inside of the front row with Kyle Busch on his outside. Kyle’s brother, Kurt, was lined up behind him and Joey Logano was pushing Keselowski, his teammate at Joey Logano, directly behind the race leader.

As they battled for the lead, however, Carl Edwards wrecked behind them to bring out another caution and set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish

Win No. 20 on Saturday night came at a track where Keselowski had never won, the most famous one on the circuit. He led 115 of the 161 laps to capture the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Keselowski had won four restrictor-plate races in his career but none at the place that granddaddy of all Nascar tracks.He had just two top-5s in 14 starts at Daytona. His average finish was 22nd, and he had only one top-15 finish in his past six starts at the track. He had led only one lap in the past four Daytona races

Runner-up Kyle Busch, who gave Brad a run for his money on the final two-lap sprint, summed up Keselowski’s dominant No. 2 Ford perfectly.

“That thing was so strong, there was no passing him.”

The first, and the biggest, was triggered at the end of the front stretch on Lap 88, Jamie McMurray moved down into Kyle Larson and got a nudge from behind from Jimmie Johnson. Complete chaos ensued as the field wadded up in Turn 1.

A total of 22 cars in all — were involved. That included all four of the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets, the Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolets of Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing and many others.

Kenseth was asked what he saw when it all broke loose.

“Just a bunch of cars crashing — pretty much that was it,” said Kenseth, one of the many drivers whose cars suffered heavy damage in the incident.

With Bayne third, Stenhouse fifth and polesitter Greg Biffle eighth, Roush Fenway Racing had three cars in the top 10 for the first time since 2014 at Bristol.

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