Brad Keselowski wins Martinsville

Keselowski takes his first win at Martinsville in what was Team Penske’s 1000th race start in NASCAR

Brad Keselowski can now add a grandfather clock to his trophy collection after taking his first victory at the flat half-mile Martinsville Speedway in the STP 500.

After winning at Atlanta, he is now the first driver in 2017 to win twice as he scored his 23rd career victory and first for Ford at the “Paperclip” since 2002.

Keselowski, who early in the race got a pit road penalty, had to hold off a determined Kyle Busch, who led the most laps (274 of 500) but didn’t quite have the pace over the longer green flag runs. Even on late re-starts Keselowski showed patience as he let his car come to him, even when sitting behind Busch. He then had the ability to not only drive up to the Toyota, but then pick it off.

“We’ve ran so good here with the Miller Lite Ford, but something always happens and we haven’t been able to bring it home,” said Keselowski who has scored five-straight Top-5 finishes.

“Martinsville is just one of those champion’s tracks. This track is 70 years old and a lot of legends have won here. It feels great to be able to join them and bring home a clock.

“You hear it all the time about the boys back at the shop, but Team Penske has put so much effort in these Martinsville cars the last three or four years because we knew it was one of our weakest tracks, and finally we got the result they deserve.

“It’s an amazing day.”

Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-five finishers.

Stage 1 bonus points went the way of Martin Truex Jr., while Chase Elliott was out front at the end of Stage 2.

The tight Martinsville layout brought out 14 cautions in total, mostly for spins and several drivers suffering cut tyres.

The main retirement from a cut tyre and subsequent crash was Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch who was classified 37th, just one place ahead of Jamie McMurray (last) who also crashed.

Others to get caught up in crashes were Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Danica Patrick and Daniel Suarez. In fact, no car finished the race without panel damage of one type of another.

VIDEO: Race recap

VIDEO: Victory Lane

RESULTS: STP 500 – Martinsville Speedway

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps Led Status
1 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 500 116  Running
2 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 500 274  Running
3 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 500 20  Running
4 22  Joey Logano Ford 500 1  Running
5 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 500  0  Running
6 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 500  0  Running
7 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 500  0  Running
8 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 500  0  Running
9 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 500  0  Running
10 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 500  0  Running
11 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 500  0  Running
12 77  Erik Jones Toyota 500  0  Running
13 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 500  0  Running
14 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 500  0  Running
15 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 500  0  Running
16 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 500 42  Running
17 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 500 23  Running
18 43  Aric Almirola Ford 500  0  Running
19 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 500  0  Running
20 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 500  0  Running
21 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 499  0  Running
22 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 499  0  Running
23 10  Danica Patrick Ford 499  0  Running
24 38  David Ragan Ford 498  0  Running
25 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 498  0  Running
26 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 497  0  Running
27 34  Landon Cassill Ford 497  0  Running
28 83  Corey Lajoie Toyota 496  0  Running
29 23  Gray Gaulding Toyota 495  0  Running
30 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 493 24  Running
31 15  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 492  0  Running
32 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 489  0  Running
33 51  Timmy Hill Chevrolet 486  0  Running
34 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 418  0 Accident
35 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 401  0 Accident
36 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 385  0 Accident
37 41  Kurt Busch Ford 295  0 Accident
38 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 105  0 Accident

STANDINGS

 

Rank
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Kyle Larson
243
Leader
1
6
4
4
1
2
Chase Elliott
214
-29
0
6
3
4
1
3
Martin Truex Jr.
205
-38
1
6
2
3
0
4
Brad Keselowski
179
-64
2
6
5
5
1
5
Joey Logano
174
-69
0
6
3
5
1
6
Jamie McMurray
162
-81
0
6
0
3
0
7
Ryan Blaney
157
-86
0
6
1
3
0
8
Clint Bowyer
143
-100
0
6
1
3
0
9
Kevin Harvick
137
-106
0
6
0
2
1
10
Kyle Busch
136
-107
0
6
2
3
0
11
Ryan Newman
123
-120
1
6
1
2
0
12
Denny Hamlin
123
-120
0
6
0
2
0
13
Kasey Kahne
122
-121
0
6
1
2
0
14
Kurt Busch
118
-125
1
6
1
2
0
15
Erik Jones
116
-127
0
6
0
1
0
16
Trevor Bayne
114
-129
0
6
0
1
0
17
Jimmie Johnson
109
-134
0
6
0
1
0
18
Aric Almirola
108
-135
0
6
1
1
0
19
Daniel Suarez
102
-141
0
6
0
2
0
20
Austin Dillon
92
-151
0
6
1
1
0
21
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
91
-152
0
6
0
0
0
22
Paul Menard
87
-156
0
6
1
1
0
23
Ty Dillon
87
-156
0
6
0
0
0
24
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
86
-157
0
6
1
2
0
25
Matt Kenseth
73
-170
0
6
1
3
0
26
Michael McDowell
66
-177
0
6
0
0
0
27
Landon Cassill
65
-178
0
6
0
0
0
28
Matt DiBenedetto
64
-179
0
6
0
1
0
29
Danica Patrick
63
-180
0
6
0
0
0
30
AJ Allmendinger
59
-184
0
6
1
2
0
31
Cole Whitt
55
-188
0
6
0
0
0
32
Chris Buescher
51
-192
0
6
0
0
0
33
David Ragan
43
-200
0
6
0
0
0
34
Michael Waltrip
29
-214
0
1
0
1
0
35
Corey LaJoie
25
-218
0
6
0
0
0
36
Jeffrey Earnhardt
22
-221
0
6
0
0
0
37
Reed Sorenson
22
-221
0
5
0
0
0
38
Derrike Cope
8
-235
0
4
0
0
0
39
Gray Gaulding
6
-237
0
5
0
0
0
40
D.J. Kennington
1
-242
0
1
0
0
0
41
Cody Ware
1
-242
0
1
0
0
0
42
Brendan Gaughan
0
-243
0
1
0
0
0
43
Elliott Sadler
0
-243
0
1
0
0
0
44
Joey Gase
0
-243
0
1
0
0
0
45
Timmy Hill
0
-243
0
4
0
0
0

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