Keselowski comes up just short in Kansas, says this is as good as they’ve been on 1.5 mile tracks

Brad Keselowski has been quietly good this season. In fact, since the COVID-19 break ended (15 races), Keselowski has been in the top 11 for 13 of them. Furthermore, the Team Penske driver has a top 11 in every race for the last month including four straight top 10’s now.

Keselowski, had a fast race car in his No. 2 Ford Thursday night in Kansas. He finished fifth in Stage 1 but passed his teammate Ryan Blaney for the stage win in the second segment.

He’d have track position for the ending and come home runner-up for his second top two finish in his last three Kansas starts and third top six in his last four there overall.

“This is as good as we’ve been on the mile-and-a-half’s,” said Keselowski. “We’ve been really consistent. This is good, a nice midweek race, leading laps, leading stages. Just short of the win.

“All in all a good night. Good speed. Not as good as the Gibbs cars. They were super, super strong. Got a little bit of work to do. They brought something new the last two weeks, really shown a lot of strength in the drivetrain. Have to do a little bit of work to keep up with that.

“Other than that, we were right there. Team did a great job of adjusting the car during the race. Got us a little bit better as the race went on. We were in position, led some laps.

“Really came down to the last few restarts, who got the clean air, who pushed who. Just couldn’t quite get in front of Denny. I was a little bit faster than he was once we were up to speed, but not anywhere as fast as he was getting up to speed.

“Once he got the clean air, he was able to defend. That was the story of our night. Proud of our effort. Won a stage. We’re doing the right things.

Keselowski, has 15 playoff points now, third most in the series. He also has five stage wins, tied for most overall. He says this stretch will say more now than what anything will show in August.

“Yeah, I mean, you got two races that are fun but really don’t mean anything at Daytona with the road course and the plate race. You got two races at Michigan, which are a big deal to me because I’m from Michigan. Total honesty, they don’t mean much to the Playoffs.

“I think you look at the stretch of races right here, they’re mostly just kind of fun races. There’s somewhat lower pressure, chance to kind of work on yourself and the team. There’s not a lot that’s going to carry over to the Playoffs.”

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