With an interim crew chief and the help of three late cautions, Brad Keselowski was able to take his No. 2 Ford to the front Saturday night, earning a runner-up finish in the Go Bowling 400.
The Team Penske driver had an average running spot 15.95, but at the end of the night he had his seventh top five of the season.
He did it while being directed by engineer Brian Wilson, who was serving as interim crew chief for Paul Wolfe, who was serving the final race of his three-race suspension for a rules violation discovered after the March 19 Cup race at Phoenix.
“Brian’s done a great job, I would say,” Keselowksi told Fox Sports 1. “Two second-place finishes with him crew chiefing at the helm. I just wish we could have gotten a little bit more. I think we had a really good car and a shot at running with the front-runners.”
Keselowski started 17th and had one unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel in the middle of the race.
“Every time we got up towards the front we had something go wrong,” Keselowski said. “Felt like if I had another 100 laps it would have been great.”
Watch the video for the full interview.
After two weekends off, the Xfinity Series is back in action today at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott Sadler enters as the points leader with a 29-point advantage on JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier. William Byron, who also drives for JR. Motorsports, is third in the standings. Byron and Sadler are going for their first victory of the season, while Allgaier seeks his second win this year.
Here are the particulars for today’s Xfinity race:
(All times are Eastern)
START: The Evil Genius’ Halo ESports Team will give the command for drivers to start engines at 1:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 1:18 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 6:30 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 11:15 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Star Swain will perform the Anthem at 1:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. Its coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at gorpn.com. PRN’s coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 85 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST YEAR: Denny Hamlin led 76 laps to win this even a year ago. Austin Dillon was second and Joey Logano third. Logano led the final 12 laps to win at Charlotte in October. Elliott Sadler was second and Daniel Suarez was third.
STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 10:05 a.m.
NASCAR goes racing today with the Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin won this race last year.
Here is today’s track schedule, as the countdown to Sunday’s main event of the weekend, the Coca-Cola 600, ticks closer:
(All times Eastern)
6:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Cup garage open
9 – 9:55 a.m. – Cup practice (FS1)
10:05 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS1)
11:15 a.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Cup final practice (FS1)
12:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions
1 p.m. – Xfinity Hisense 4K TV 300 (200 laps, 300 miles) (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Sure, NASCAR is synonymous with Daytona Beach, the state of Florida and Daytona International Speedway.
But there is no other state that is so linked to NASCAR than the Tar Heel state, North Carolina.
Numerous racetracks, from the smallest grassroots short track to Charlotte Motor Speedway dot the state, offering a plethora of race action from amateur all the way to the best of the best.
On Friday’s My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows segment, NASCAR America’s Kyle Petty shared some of his fondest memories of one of his favorite short tracks, Caraway Speedway.
Check out the video above.
Steve Letarte learned the sport of NASCAR from a number of different individuals.
But no one compares to Letarte’s greatest mentor, Ray Evernham, who was selected earlier this week as one of five individuals that will enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame in its 2018 class.
Evernham, who led Jeff Gordon to three of his four NASCAR Cup championships as Gordon’s crew chief, was not only an innovator in the sport, but also a leader, mentor and team owner.
On Friday’s NASCAR America, Letarte, an Evernham protege, discussed what made his former boss, teacher and close friend so special. Check out the video above.