Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski missed a chance at winning on his home track Sunday thanks to a mid-race spin and then a late pit stop for fuel during the Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
Keselowski’s first hurdle came with five laps left in Stage 2 when his right-rear tire went down, causing the No. 2 Ford to slide with sparks coming off the wheel. Keselowski managed to save the car, which slid into the grass on the inside of Turn 4.
“I can’t believe I kept that thing off the wall,” Keselowski told his team under caution.
Keselowski, who led a race-high 66 laps, pit for new tires and was told no problems were found on the car. He restarted 28th, a lap down.
Keselowski finished the stage in 27th and returned to the lead lap after receiving the free pass.
Keselowski fought back through a series of cautions to put himself back in the top 10 midway through the final stage.
With 40 laps to go he was in third, but like teammate Ryan Blaney, not enough fuel was put in his car on the previous pit stop. Keselowski was forced to pit from third with 11 laps left. He ended the day in 19th.