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Brad Keselowski Rallies To Win Phoenix Xfinity Race

DC Solar 200 at ISM Raceway
Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Brad Keselowski scores his 37th-career Xfinity Series win
Ralph Garcia/AR1

Neither a speeding penalty nor uncharacteristic rain in the Sonoran Desert could keep Brad Keselowski out of Victory Lane on Saturday at ISM Raceway.

In winning the DC Solar 200 in his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season, Keselowski picked up his second victory at the one-mile track and the 37th of his career, fifth most all-time.

The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford beat Justin Allgaier to the finish line by .530 second in a battle that saw Keselowski, Allgaier, third-place Kyle Busch and fourth-place Christopher Bell all take turns with the upper hand.

"It was a solid team effort," said Keselowski, who led 66 laps, second only to Allgaier's 76. "I wasn't perfect today by any stretch of the imagination, but the car was really strong.

"Really, really good for about 50-60 laps. The last 20 laps it would fall off pretty good but the guys made it count. I am really proud of them."

The end of the first 45-lap stage, won by Allgaier, brought a red flag for rain lasting 1 hour, 34 minutes, 57 seconds. When racing resumed under caution, Keselowski drew a penalty for speeding on pit road and restarted on Lap 53 at the back of the field.

Brad Keselowski takes the checkered flag at Phoenix
Ralph Garcia/AR1

That paved the way for Busch to win Stage 2—which ended in a one-lap shootout after a rain delay of 25 minutes, 21 seconds—as Keselowski worked his way back to the third position. The final stage ran caution-free for 104 laps, with plenty of ebb and flow between the contending drivers.

Staggered pit strategies put Allgaier in the lead for the final restart on Lap 97, but Keselowski overtook him on Lap 143. With an excellent long-run car, Bell fought his way into the lead on Lap 164, passing Keselowski in a side-by-side drag race to the stripe.

But Keselowski regained the top spot on Lap 179 near the end of a long cycle of green flag pit stops and stayed comfortably ahead of Allgaier the rest of the way.

"It was disheartening to take the lead and fall back after the pit stop," said Bell, whose car couldn't keep up with those of his rivals on fresh tires. "I struggled on the short run getting up to speed, and those guys drove away from me."

Justin Allgaier finished second and moved up to third in the Xfinity Series standings
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Allgaier found a silver lining in his second-place finish.

"I learned something from Brad running behind him," said Allgaier, who chipped away at Keselowski's lead before time ran out. "I was able to run him back down from what I learned."

Allgaier also gained ground on JR Motorsports teammates Elliott Sadler and Tyler Reddick, who entered the race tied for the series lead. Sadler and Reddick started the event from the back of the field, Sadler because of an engine change and Reddick in a backup car after damaging his primary No. 9 Chevrolet during the first round of qualifying on Saturday.

Sadler, who ran ninth as the first driver one lap down, retained the series lead by one point over Reddick, who finished 10th. Allgaier is third in the standings, seven points back, and Bell trails the leader by eight points in fourth.

RACE RESULTS

Finish Start # Driver Sponsor/Make laps Led Points Status
1 2 22 Brad Keselowski Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford 200 66 0 Running
2 1 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 200 76 49 Running
3 5 18 Kyle Busch NOS Toyota 200 39 0 Running
4 4 20 Christopher Bell
Rheem Toyota 200 5 43 Running
5 6 42 Jamie McMurray DC Solar Chevrolet 200 0 0 Running
6 8 21 Daniel Hemric South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 200 0 46 Running
7 9 2 Matt Tifft Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet 200 0 34 Running
8 3 0 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 200 0 37 Running
9 24 1 Elliott Sadler Cessna Chevrolet 199 0 28 Running
10 40 9 Tyler Reddick
Nationwide Children's Chevrolet 199 6 27 Running
11 10 19 Brandon Jones Juniper Toyota 199 0 29 Running
12 17 24 Kaz Grala
NETTTS Ford 199 8 28 Running
13 14 3 Ty Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's Chevrolet 199 0 0 Running
14 12 23 Spencer Gallagher Kingman Chevrolet Chevrolet 199 0 28 Running
15 7 11 Ryan Truex Bar Harbor Chevrolet 199 0 29 Running
16 13 60 Austin Cindric
Pirtek Ford 199 0 21 Running
17 15 5 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 199 0 20 Running
18 11 16 Ryan Reed Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford 199 0 19 Running
19 18 4 Ross Chastain Flex Seal Chevrolet 199 0 18 Running
20 21 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 198 0 17 Running
21 16 38 JJ Yeley Superior Essex Chevrolet 198 0 18 Running
22 22 36 Alex Labbe
Can-Am/Wholey/Cyclops Gear Chevrolet 198 0 15 Running
23 20 28 Dylan Lupton thinQ Technology Partners Ford 198 0 14 Running
24 19 35 Joey Gase DonateLifeArizona/Sparks Chevrolet 197 0 13 Running
25 23 39 Ryan Sieg Lightning SouthWest/TAP & Sons Chevrolet 197 0 12 Running
26 26 78 BJ McLeod JW Transport LLC Chevrolet 196 0 11 Running
27 27 8 Tommy Joe Martins Chevrolet 195 0 10 Running
28 31 0 Garrett Smithley Flex Glue Chevrolet 195 0 9 Running
29 28 90 Josh Williams Star Tron/Star Brite Chevrolet 194 0 8 Running
30 34 76 Spencer Boyd
Grunt Style Chevrolet 194 0 7 Running
31 32 55 Stephen Leicht Jani-King Toyota 193 0 6 Running
32 39 45 Josh Bilicki
Prevagen Toyota 193 0 5 Running
33 33 1 Vinnie Miller
Flex Tape Chevrolet 192 0 4 Running
34 38 66 Timmy Hill CrashClaimsR.Us Chevrolet 190 0 3 Running
35 37 74 Mike Harmon Chill by Koolbox Chevrolet 185 0 2 Running
36 36 40 Chad Finchum
Angry Crab/Mohawk Market Toyota 104 0 1 Engine
37 29 89 Morgan Shepherd Visone RV Chevrolet 56 0 1 Brakes
38 35 15 Matt Mills
Flex Shot Chevrolet 54 0 1 Accident
39 30 52 David Starr Whataburger Chevrolet 24 0 1 Engine
40 25 93 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet 18 0 1 Brakes

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