The Latest: Keselowski routs the field to win Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has won at Martinsville Speedway for his second victory of the season.
Keselowski routed the field and led 446 of the 500 laps around the shortest track on the NASCAR schedule. He was challenged a handful of times by Chase Elliott, but Elliott couldn’t get close enough to Keselowski in the closing laps to make a run at the win.
The victory for Keselowski gives Team Penske and three Cup wins through six races this season in the new Ford Mustang.
Keselowski started third behind teammate Joey Logano, who led the first five laps of the race. Keselowski briefly nudged Logano out of the groove on the sixth lap and took off for the rout.
Elliott passed him once on track and led 49 laps, but Keselowski reclaimed the lead on pit road and held on for his second career Martinsville grandfather clock.
Brad Keselowski has won the first two stages at Martinsville Speedway.
The Team Penske driver has led all but five laps of the race around the shortest track on the NASCAR schedule. Teammate Ryan Blaney finished second in the stage as Fords continue to dominate the race.
Denny Hamlin was third in the stage, followed by Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Aric Almirola.
Ford drivers claimed seven spots in the top 10 at the end of the second stage.
Brad Keselowski has won the first stage of Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.
Keselowski started third and behind Joey Logano but moved his Team Penske teammate out of his way six laps into the race to take the lead.
Chase Elliott was second in the stage, followed by Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney — the third driver in the Penske stable.
Joey Logano leads two rows of Ford drivers to the green flag Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, the first stop at a short track in this young NASCAR season.
Logano won at Martinsville last fall by bumping Martin Truex Jr. out of the lead in the final turn of the playoff race. The maneuver earned Logano a slot in NASCAR’s championship and he won his first Cup title three weeks later.
He is starting from the pole in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford for the fifth time in the last nine races at Martinsville. Ford drivers Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick round out the front two rows.
Kyle Busch is seeking his third consecutive Cup victory and a sweep of the Martinsville weekend. He won the Truck Series race on Saturday, and the last two Cup races at Phoenix and California.