LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski looked poised for victory Saturday afternoon before a late race pit road penalty dropped him from the lead to a fifth place finish in the Overton’s 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch (Toyota) was the beneficiary of the mistake and the race winner while Ryan Preece (Toyota) finished second.
Keselowski, piloting the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang for Team Penske, held a 2-second lead with 30 to go when he came to pit road under green-flag conditions and had to park awkwardly in the box to avoid an exiting Kyle Larson. The result was an awkward angle for the gas man and when Keselowski hit the gas he took the can with him, resulting in a stop and go penalty.
Keselowski led a race-high 102 laps and was the Stage 2 winner.
Cole Custer came home ninth and Ryan Reed 14th as only the top-six cars finished on the lead lap.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series continues next Saturday (July 22) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Lilly Diabetes 250 will air at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.
FORD FINISHING RESULTS
5th Brad Keselowski
9th Cole Custer
14th Ryan Reed
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang: Finished 5th
AN ILL-TIMED PENALTY ON PIT ROAD. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY? “Yeah, you pretty much just summed it up. I don’t have much better words than that. It is always fun being fast and leading the most laps and all that but we just didn’t put the whole race together today.”
Cole Custer, No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang: Finished 9th
“We fought our car a good amount today. We definitely got it better. Our short track stuff hasn’t been the best this year but we know we can get it better. We know where we are kind of struggling. We will keep working hard on it and come back better next time.”