There’s one thing about fuel mileage racing which is it may not be the most popular way to win, but it definitely brings out the excitement of whether one can make it. Not everyone can stretch their fuel in their own vehicle, much less one that is normally running over 180 MPH.
Yet somehow, when it mattered the most, the excitement of who could make it would determine the winner at Kentucky.
It didn’t just come down to the last lap, but literally the last fumes.
Brad Keselowski, trying to stretch the fuel to the absolute maximum he could, takes the white flag bus suddenly slows down. In the same boat running second, Carl Edwards comes right to his rear bumper to take advantage. Keselowski somehow gets the car running at full song and holds on, trying to make it back to the line one more time.
It’s almost like the “Little Engine That Could” suddenly came into his head, cause it went from “I think I can” to “I know I can.”
Unbelievably, Keselowski pushed hard, and took the checkered flag. He keyed the radio to tell the team he ran out of gas coming off the final corner, and needed pushed to not only get the checkered flag from the official, but to victory lane.
Quite the night for him to overtake the Chase lead, but more importantly what a rebound for the writers.
Only two had rough outings with DNF’s, but on the opposite side it paid dividends for five writers, each gaining another victory on the season, including one that is on pace to set a new record for wins in an entire season. Let’s look at the updated standings after the Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts:
Ashley McCubbin (571) Kevin Harvick finished 9th – 2
Ashley Hull (556) Brad Keselowski WON – 8
Sal Sigala Jr. (544) Kyle Busch finished 12th – 2
Patti Rodisch (529) Brad Keselowski WON – 3
Dustin Parks (527) Kyle Busch finished 12th – 1
Rob Blount (505) Joey Logano finished 39th – 4
Klarissa Mitchell (476) Matt Kenseth finished 8th – 1
Mary Jo Buchanan (468) Brad Keselowski WON – 3
Billy Fellin (464) Brad Keselowski WON – 2
Rob Tiongson (455) Kyle Busch finished 12th – 2
Misan Akuya (433) Joey Logano finished 39th – 3
Ashley Hobbs (423) Brad Keselowski WON – 2
Kara Martin (409) NO PICK SENT – 1
Stephen Conley (384) Jimmie Johnson finished 32nd – 1
Next Race: It seems as though the writers found a little magic this year because success has come one, after another, after another. This train possibly will be rolling on because up next on the docket is a one-mile track that seems to be magical for many.
It is, after all, called the Magic Mile.
It’s a trip to New Hampshire next weekend, a little different facility and a much shorter distance than the last few weeks. So writers, don’t be all David Copperfield and try to mystify the eyes, but do get those magical picks sent in by Thursday, July 14, at 10 p.m. ET for the New Hampshire 301.