Brad Keselowski Booted From NASCAR Playoffs After Tough Race At Kansas: Video

Sponsored Links

Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott were both sitting on the bubble for the NASCAR Round of 8 heading into Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Motor Speedway, but with a 20-point lead over the Chevrolet driver, Keselowski seemed to have a good shot in continuing his championship bid.

The Team Penske Ford Mustang faded late in the race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, however, falling back through the order following two overtime restarts. It was the second restart, brought out when the No. 41 of Daniel Suarez spun and took out the No. 8 of Daniel Hemric, that truly ended his championship hopes.

Sponsored Links

Keselowski was 13th for the late-race restart but became sandwiched in the middle of the pack before brushing the wall on the backstretch after taking the white flag. This sent him backward to 19th, while fellow Round of 8 hopeful Chase Elliott went on to finish second behind race-winner Denny Hamlin. The result meant the Hendrick Chevrolet driver edged Keselowski out of the Round of 8 by just three points.

“We didn’t make it,” Keselowski told NASCAR.com post-race. “I pushed as hard as I knew how and didn’t quite do good enough on the last restart, and that was it.

Sponsored Links

“We clawed as hard as we could, and there were times it looked like we were going to be fine and times it didn’t,” he added. “In the end it didn’t work out. I needed to get up to the top of the track on the last restart. I couldn’t get up. I got sandwiched. Somebody went three-wide and got me in the middle of (Turn) 4—just all bad.”

His Penske teammate Joey Logano, meanwhile, won Stage 1 and finished seventh in Stage 2, giving him enough points to keep his championship hopes alive. Logano also had bad luck in the late-rate restarts, however, making contact with Tyler Reddick as he attempted to avoid a wreck ahead of him, sending him spinning through the infield grass and damaging his No. 22 Mustang. He was classified 17th.

Sponsored Links

Check out all the highlights from the Hollywood Casino 400 in the video embedded below and click here for complete results. NASCAR heads to Martinsville next for the First Data 500 on Sunday, October 27th.

Subscribe to Ford Authority for more NASCAR news and Ford news.

Sponsored Links

Subscribe to Ford Authority
For around-the-clock Ford news coverage


We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates.

It's totally free.

  • Want to see your Ford vehicle or build featured on Ford Authority? We welcome your submissions. See here for details. ×

Written by Sam McEachern

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Ford GT Owners Turn Up In Force To Watch Petite Le Mans

Jim Farley Talks Scooters And Changes In The Auto Industry