Loose wheel nut can’t stop Keselowski in Atlanta

Monday 6th March, 2017 - 11:04am

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Keselowski takes the victory in Atlanta

Brad Keselowski has overcome a loose wheel nut and a dominant Kevin Harvick to win the Fold of Honor 500 in Atlanta.

The race was dominated by Harvick who took the bonus points for being in front at the end of the first two stages of race. However, on the last pit stop with less 15 laps to run he was caught speeding on pit road and had to re-start off the rear. He would go onto finish ninth.

Keselowski had beaten Harvick off pit road during pit stops under caution on lap #118. However, the crew found that it had not properly tightened one of the wheel nuts and he was called back to the pits.

From that point he put his head down and worked his way back to the front. Then the Penske crew gave him a great pit stop and Harvick made what would be his one and only mistake of the race. In fact at that point he had not run lower than fourth place in the race.

On the re-start Kyle Larson had the lead, but Keselowski pressed him and soon took the lead with seven laps to run.

“You never know. That’s how these races are. We had a lot of adversity today there’s not doubt about that. These races aren’t easy,”said Keselowski.

“This one kind of fell in our lap at the end and my team put it all together when it counted.

“We were able to get by Kyle (Larson) there at the end. I knew that he wasn’t going to be easy to pass. His car was great and I was able to make the right moves to get by him.”

After dominating Harvick was frustrated with the outcome.

“It’s my own doing today. I really didn’t think I was even close on pit lane. It gets to bouncing around, I thought I was being conservative, apparently I wasn’t,”said Harvick.

“I just made a mistake that I preach all the time that you don’t need to make and beat yourself and then you go out and make it yourself instead of following all the things you preach.

“The good part about it is our Ford has been really fast. We will pick ‘em up and start again next week.”

The race proved a challenge for several drivers with plenty handed pitlane speeding penalties. Electrical issues for both Richard Childress Racing cars of Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon forced them to the garage to change batteries.

Also going to the garage was Denny Hamlin who had to have his left-rear hub replaced.

Next week NASCAR heads to Las Vegas for third race of the season.

VIDEO: Race wrap

RESULTS: Fold of Honor 500 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time
1 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 325
2 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 325 0.565
3 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 325 1.465
4 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 325 1.939
5 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 325 2.223
6 22  Joey Logano Ford 325 2.400
7 41  Kurt Busch Ford 325 3.819
8 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 325 4.142
9 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 325 4.900
10 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 325 6.397
11 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 325 7.611
12 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 325 8.426
13 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 325 8.929
14 77  Erik Jones Toyota 325 9.211
15 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 325 23.765
16 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 325 24.109
17 10  Danica Patrick Ford 325 27.459
18 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 324 10.937
19 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 324 1 lap
20 72  Cole Whitt Ford 324 1 lap
21 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 323 2 laps
22 34  Landon Cassill Ford 323 2 laps
23 38  David Ragan Ford 323 2 laps
24 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 323 2 laps
25 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 322 3 laps
26 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 322 3 laps
27 43  Aric Almirola Ford 321 4 laps
28 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 321 4 laps
29 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 320 5 laps
30 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 320 5 laps
31 15  Reed Sorenson Toyota 320 5 laps
32 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 319 6 laps
33 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 317 8 laps
34 83  Lajoie Corey Toyota 313 12 laps
35 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 309 16 laps
36 55  Derrike Cope Chevrolet 298 27 laps
37 23  Gray Gaulding Toyota 253 72 laps
38 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 182 143 laps
39 51  Cody Ware Chevrolet 74 251 laps

 

STANDINGS 

 

Rank Driver Pts Behind Wins Starts Top 5’s Top 10’s Poles
1 Kevin Harvick 90 Leader 0 2 0 1 1
2 Kurt Busch 86 -4 1 2 1 2 0
3 Brad Keselowski 84 -6 1 2 1 1 0
4 Chase Elliott 82 -8 0 2 1 1 1
5 Joey Logano 80 -10 0 2 0 2 0
6 Kyle Larson 79 -11 0 2 1 1 0
7 Martin Truex Jr. 67 -23 0 2 0 1 0
8 Ryan Blaney 63 -27 0 2 1 1 0
9 Kasey Kahne 63 -27 0 2 1 2 0
10 Trevor Bayne 58 -32 0 2 0 1 0
11 AJ Allmendinger 50 -40 0 2 1 1 0
12 Jamie McMurray 49 -41 0 2 0 1 0
13 Aric Almirola 47 -43 0 2 1 1 0
14 Clint Bowyer 46 -44 0 2 0 0 0
15 Paul Menard 44 -46 0 2 1 1 0
16 Matt Kenseth 41 -49 0 2 1 1 0
17 Cole Whitt 38 -52 0 2 0 0 0
18 Matt DiBenedetto 37 -53 0 2 0 1 0
19 Denny Hamlin 37 -53 0 2 0 0 0
20 Ryan Newman 37 -53 0 2 0 0 0
21 Landon Cassill 36 -54 0 2 0 0 0
22 Danica Patrick 36 -54 0 2 0 0 0
23 Austin Dillon 35 -55 0 2 0 0 0
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 34 -56 0 2 0 0 0
25 Kyle Busch 32 -58 0 2 0 0 0
26 Ty Dillon 31 -59 0 2 0 0 0
27 Michael McDowell 30 -60 0 2 0 0 0
28 Michael Waltrip 29 -61 0 1 0 1 0
29 Erik Jones 27 -63 0 2 0 0 0
30 David Ragan 27 -63 0 2 0 0 0
31 Daniel Suarez 25 -65 0 2 0 0 0
32 Jimmie Johnson 24 -66 0 2 0 0 0
33 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20 -70 0 2 0 0 0
34 Corey LaJoie 16 -74 0 2 0 0 0
35 Jeffrey Earnhardt 15 -75 0 2 0 0 0
36 Reed Sorenson 6 -84 0 1 0 0 0
37 Chris Buescher 2 -88 0 2 0 0 0
38 D.J. Kennington 1 -89 0 1 0 0 0
39 Derrike Cope 1 -89 0 1 0 0 0
40 Gray Gaulding 1 -89 0 1 0 0 0
41 Cody Ware 1 -89 0 1 0 0 0
42 Brendan Gaughan 0 -90 0 1 0 0 0
43 Elliott Sadler 0 -90 0 1 0 0 0
44 Joey Gase 0 -90 0 1 0 0 0
45 Timmy Hill 0 -90 0 0 0 0 0