Brad Keselowski dominates the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

If he could do it when he was sick, he could do it when he was feeling good. He is Brad Keselowski who drove his No. 2 Penske Racing Ford into Victory Lane today. Keselowski literally dominated the race leading 446 of 500 laps and sweeping all three stages.

“The car was really good, this Ford Mustang.” Keselowski commented, “Just a great day for our team, awesome execution on pit road. Credit to Doug Yates and all the engine stuff, those guys worked really hard.” He added, “Just one of those days you dream of as a race car driver.”

Chase Elliott brought his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet home in second place. This was the third top-five finish for Chevrolet and the first for Hendrick Motorsports.

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“Our NAPA Camaro was good, we were about as even with him (Keselowski) as we could be,” stated Elliott. “When we did get to lead there was a little advantage to being out front, being able to work traffic your way and kind of play off this and what not.” He added, “I tried to move up there at the end and I don’t know if I could have got to him, maybe if I moved up a little sooner. Maybe next time.”

Stage 1 started with Joey Logano on the pole and Aric Almirola on the outside. Brad Keselowski took the lead at lap five and didn’t look back. The first caution came out for Michael McDowell who had a tire go sending him into the wall. Keselowski beat everyone out of the pits to 30 laps. Keselowski was the stage winner.

Stage 2 started once again with Keselowski on the point. The second caution of the day was for Ross Chastain who lost a rear end axle leaving rear end grease on the track. Keselowski led every lap in the stage winning it easily.

The final stage of the race had Keselowski starting back on point. He wouldn’t stay there as Elliott took the lead. The caution flew once again for an incident between Ty Dillon and William Byron. Clint Bowyer who had a frustrating day in the pits earned his first of two speeding penalties of the day. Keselowski, with another great pit stop, took the top spot for the restart.

Eric Jones had problems with two tires slowing on the track but he was able to work his way to pit road so no caution. Elliott was able to pass Keselowski for the lead. He was the only driver to get past Keselowski with a chance to win the race.

Matt Tifft stopped on the high line of the track bringing out another caution. Keselowski’s team once again got him out ahead of the rest. The final caution came out for the stopped car of Chastain who had brake issues. Although Elliott and Kyle Busch drove as hard as they could, they were no match for Keselowski who took the checkered flag first.

Kyle Busch brought his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota home in third.

“Overall we fought hard for today’s finish, not a finish we wanted to get, thought we had a chance to win actually but it could have been a whole lot worse,” Kyle Busch commented.

Ryan Blaney had a great race and kept his car toward the front all race long, and came in fourth, Denny Hamlin would round out the top five. Kevin Harvick, Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Almirola and Daniel Suarez finished sixth through 10, respectively.

Kyle Busch leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Standings with 273 points, Hamlin is second with 252 points, Harvick is third with 248 points, Logano is in fourth with 245 points, and rounding out the top five is Keselowski with 236 points.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads next to Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 31.

Monster Energy Cup Series Race Number 6
Race Results for the 70th Annual STP 500 – Sunday, March 24, 2019
Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, VA – 0.526 – Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 500 Laps – 263. Miles

132Brad KeselowskiReese/Draw Tite Ford5001160Running
279Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet5002451Running
31318Kyle BuschM&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota5009036Running
41712Ryan BlaneyMenards/Libman Ford5005248Running
5511Denny HamlinFedEx Ground Toyota5004347Running
644Kevin HarvickMobil 1 Ford5000735Running
71014Clint BowyerMobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford5006838Running
8819Martin Truex Jr.SiriusXM Toyota5008538Running
9210Aric AlmirolaSHAZAM!/Smithfield Ford5003641Running
10941Daniel SuarezHaas Automation Ford5000929Running
11293Austin DillonSymbicort Chevrolet50010027Running
12191Kurt BuschGEARWRENCH/Monster Energy Chevrolet5000025Running
132213Ty DillonGEICO Chevrolet5000024Running
141688Alex BowmanNationwide Chevrolet5000023Running
151421Paul MenardMotorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford5000022Running
161547Ryan Preece #Kroger Chevrolet5000021Running
172643Bubba WallaceTransporation Impact Chevrolet5000020Running
18642Kyle LarsonCredit One Bank Chevrolet5000019Running
19122Joey LoganoShell Pennzoil Ford50071023Running
202195Matt DiBenedettoToyota Express Maintenance Toyota5000017Running
211237Chris BuescherKroger Speed Up Your Cleanup Chevrolet4990016Running
223424William ByronAxalta Chevrolet4990015Running
23206Ryan NewmanAcorns Ford4990014Running
241148Jimmie JohnsonAlly Chevrolet4980013Running
252417Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Fastenal Ford4980012Running
262538David RaganMDS Transport Ford4960011Running
27288Daniel Hemric #Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Chevrolet4960010Running
28270Landon CassillCGS Imaging Chevrolet494009Running
293136Matt Tifft #Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford494008Running
301820Erik JonesDeWalt Toyota491007Running
312334Michael McDowellA&W All American Foods Ford491006Running
323577DJ Kennington(i)Go-Parts Chevrolet489000Running
333232Corey Ford489004Running
343015Ross Chastain(i)Rim Riderz Chevrolet365000Engine
353652Jeb Burton(i)Muzzy Bowfishing Chevrolet163000Brakes
363351Cody Ware #Jacob Companies Chevrolet55001Brakes

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