Brad Keselowski, squeezing every ounce of fuel he could out of his No. 2 Ford, won the Quaker State 400 on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway.
In winning for a second consecutive week and for the fourth time this season, Keselowski nearly ran out of gas with fewer than two laps remaining. Told to “flip his switches,” by his team, Keselowski managed to hold off second-place Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch to win on Kentucky’s newly repaved surface. Two of Keselowski’s closest rivals in the race – Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth – had to stop for gas late in the race.
Edwards got close to Keselowski on the final lap, but Keselowski sped away.
“It became obvious we were going to have to save gas at the end,” said Keselowski. “I had to get back what I used earlier.”
Truex might have had the strongest car in the field, but had to go the rear of the field after a pit road penalty. Truex worked his way back to third before stopping for gas and finishing 10th.
It was Keselowski’s third career victory in Kentucky’s six Cup races.
The race had a Kentucky-record 11 cautions.