By: John Singler on August 6, 2017 | 7:forty five P.M. EST&#thirteen;
Brad Keselowski led 20 laps on Sunday at Watkins Glen however surrendered the race lead late when he needed to pit for gasoline and completed fifteenth. (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;
A promising begin for Workforce Penske in Sunday’s I Love New York 355 led to disappointment at Watkins Glen Worldwide.
Each Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano certified within the entrance half of the sector for the season’s second Monster Power Collection street race. However neither driver was anyplace close to the highest 10 on the finish of the day.
For Keselowski, it was a very bitter capsule to swallow. In a race that boiled right down to a gasoline-mileage recreation, the driving force of the No. 2 Ford needed to give up the lead 4 laps from the end for a splash of fuel. Including insult to damage, he was penalized by NASCAR on his journey down pit street.
“I assume I drove by way of too many pit stalls leaving,” Keselowski stated, who landed in fifteenth place within the ultimate operating order after main 20 laps. “It’s a bummer. We weren’t the quickest automotive, however we raced arduous with plenty of coronary heart. That put us in place (to win).”
Keselowski had rallied from mid-race contact with Kyle Busch that despatched each drivers sliding off-course.
“I used to be going into the nook, and had the ‘forty seven’ (AJ Allmendinger) behind me and the ’18’ (Busch) subsequent to me,” Keselowski stated. “My spotter referred to as it, however we have been already within the nook. It was an excessive amount of for me to keep away from, we acquired into one another and that harm everyone. I don’t understand how he acquired there or what all transpired. I used to be already to the nook and unable to do something by then.”
And sure, Keselowski acknowledged that he and Busch do have a historical past at The Glen.
“This can be a monitor the place you battle for inches and we each will not be prepared to offer in on it,” Keselowski stated of Sunday’s skirmish on the again aspect of the two.forty five-mile street course. “No one’s joyful when you’ve gotten contact. It didn’t assist my day both, I can inform you that. I wasn’t trying to get into him and I don’t assume he was trying to get into me. He in all probability had the dominant automotive. He didn’t want any hassle. Neither did I.”
Busch fought again to complete seventh within the 37-automotive area however was not anticipated to interact Keselowski in a submit-race chat.
“I don’t assume he is actually the listening sort,” Keselowski stated, “in order that’s uncertain.”
As for Logano, his dimming playoffs hopes obtained no brighter with Sunday’s twenty fourth-place end.
“At greatest, we have been going to complete within the prime 10, which does nothing for us,” stated Logano, who has simply 4 common-season races left to get a win that may qualify him for a publish-season berth. The No. 22 group tried enjoying pit technique to realize a bonus Sunday, however it did not work of their favor.
“A prime 5 or a win is the one factor that is going to assist us so we went for it by pitting, placing on 4 tires, hoping to get a warning and perhaps cycle forward of automobiles with the brand new tires,” Logano stated. “Sadly, it went inexperienced all the best way and we didn’t get a great end. We have to win (one in every of) the subsequent few races.”
The final 36 laps of Sunday’s race have been warning-free.
Logano’s subsequent alternative for that elusive win comes subsequent weekend at Michigan Worldwide Speedway, the place he completed third within the yr’s first go to there in June.