In yet another exciting throwback weekend at the Southern 500, Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski found victory lane for the first time in the 2018 season. After #42 Kyle Larson dominated the event, at the final pitstop #2 Keselowski won the race off pit road and never looked back as head led the final 24 laps of the race.
The top 10 in Stage One were #42 Kyle Larson, #20 Erik Jones, #78 Martin Truex Jr, #22 Joey Logano, #2 Brad Keselowski, #4 Kevin Harvick, #11 Denny Hamlin, #41 Kurt Busch, #18 Kyle Busch, and #9 Chase Elliott rounded out the top 10. Stage Two also went to #42 Kyle Larson and he was followed by #2 Brad Keselowski, #22 Joey Logano, #9 Chase Elliott, #20 Erik Jones, #41 Kurt Busch, #31 Ryan Newman, #18 Kyle Busch, #1 Jamie McMurray, #4 Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 10. It was a very eventful night as the start of the race was delayed due to lightning in the area, but once the cars got rolling it was an exciting night at Darlington. With all of the amazing throwback schemes, it really brings out a lot of fans to the race track. This is one of the best dates on the schedule because you can see how important former drivers are to each of the current drivers. Examples last night were seeing the silver #3 car, or the #24 in Rainbow colors, like Jeff Gordon who won at Darlington many times in his rainbow car in the 1990s, and to see rookie driver William Byron pilot that car was an awesome moment, though he didn’t get the finish he deserved, due to engine trouble.
The win in the Southern 500 marked Brad Keselowski’s 25th career victory in the cup series, and coming into this past weekend he had never won at Darlington, and he walks away with the sweep of both the Xfinity race and the Cup races was cool to see. The win also marked the first win in the cup series at Darlington for Owner Roger Penske since 1975. The win also marked the biggest win of Keselowski’s career, as he has won his first crown jewel race.
Lap leaders included #2 Keselowski for 24 laps, Polesitter #11 Denny Hamlin for 11 laps, #22 Logano for 18 laps, #78 Truex Jr for 30 laps, and #42 Kyle Larson led for a race-high 284 laps.Embed from Getty Images
Top 10 Results:
1st #2 Brad Keselowski
2nd #22 Joey Logano
3rd #42 Kyle Larson
4th #4 Kevin Harvick
5th #9 Chase Elliott
6th #41 Kurt Busch
7th #18 Kyle Busch
8th #20 Erik Jones
9th #1 Jamie McMurray
10th #11 Denny HamlinEmbed from Getty Images
Other Notables: #78 Martin Truex Jr P11, #10 Aric Almirola P14, #12 Ryan Blaney P15, #3 Austin Dillon P16, #21 Paul Menard P17, #88 Alex Bowman P23, #95 Kasey Kahne P24, #6 Matt Kenseth P25, #42 Bubba Wallace Jr P26, #19 Daniel Suarez P29, #24 William Byron P35, #14 Clint Bowyer P36, #48 Jimmie Johnson P39.
NASCAR heads for yet another crown jewel race on its schedule, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This Weekends Brickyard 400 marks the final race before the Playoffs. Only two spots remain in the 16-car playoff standings, currently, those two spots are held by Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman, and their major competition for those spots, all struggled at Darlington, it should be a very interesting and eventful race in Indy. This year’s throwback schemes were successful, and with that being said, my pick for best throwback was definitely the #24 Axalta Rainbow Warriors car of William Byron.Embed from Getty Images
Will anyone sneak into the playoffs with a win this weekend? Has the Big Three cooled off a bit? Check out all this weekend’s action on Sunday, September 9th, if you can with all the NFL action starting that day, it should be a great weekend in sports.