Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski drove to victory in his 250th NASCAR Sprint Cup Seriess career start this weekend, winning the wreck-filled Coke Zero 400 at under the lights at Daytona Saturday night. Other Ford drivers apart from Keselowski also put in a strong showing, with Roush Fenway’s Trevor Bayne taking third, Team Penske’s Joey Logano taking fourth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. claiming fifth.
Keselowski led 115 of 161 laps on his way to the win and amanged to avoid becoming entangled in the multiple wrecks that ensued during the race’s duration. The ‘Big One’ came on Lap 90 when Jamie McMurray got into teammate Kyle Larson and spun, hitting the outside wall and collecting Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard and others. When it was all said and done, 22 cars in the 40 car field were involved in the shunt in one way or another.
The second wreck of the day came late in the race when Tony Stewart, who was running in the Top 10 at the time, crashed out. A four-car wreck then ensued shortly after on Lap 155 and ended second place qualifier Carl Edwards day six laps early. This set the field up for overtime, with Keselowski leading the cars to green with Busch, Logano and Trevor Bayne in tow.
When racing got back underway, Logano gave Keselowski a big push from behind to give his teammate a surge of momentum. This allowed the Ford driver to pull away from Busch as the Toyota driver lost his push from Bayne, giving Keselowski the win and relegating defending-champ Busch to second.
“(Busch and Logano) were doing a heck of a job,” Keselowski said post-race. “Kyle and Kurt worked together really well, and my teammate Joey Logano was a huge part of this today. We had two great cars here with Team Penske and worked together really well. Joey has won here and he’s really a pro, especially on that restart. He gave me that push I need to get to the front and here we are at Daytona in Victory Lane. I don’t care if it’s not the 500. It’s Daytona. This is huge. I love this place and here we are in Victory Lane with the Detroit Ford.”