Since April 2021 at Talladega, Keselowski has not achieved victory as a driver. However, as a co-owner of Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, the team has experienced two triumphs with driver Chris Buescher.
Buescher emerged victorious at Bristol in the previous year and recently triumphed at Richmond. Keselowski also had a strong performance in both races, vying for the win. During the Bristol race, the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion held the lead until encountering a flat tire with less than 100 laps remaining.
He emerged victorious in Stage 2 at Richmond, but his No. 6 Ford started to struggle with handling, causing him to fall behind.
“I want to win the race as a driver, that’s for sure,” Keselowski confessed. “Bristol was really tough for me because we had no control over blowing a tire. This race, however, there were some aspects that we could have controlled as a team. I didn’t perform perfectly today, so there’s room for improvement on my part.”
“I believe the impact wasn’t as harsh as it was in Bristol. In both instances, we had two well-performing vehicles and managed to make a successful move with the 17 car. It’s definitely an achievement to take pride in.”
Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing, BuildSubmarines.com Ford Mustang, Chris Buescher, RFK Racing, Fastenal Ford Mustang
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The result is a mix of emotions, as RFK keeps getting better while Keselowski has not yet achieved a win. Earlier this year at Atlanta, Keselowski was in the lead but was overtaken by Joey Logano on the last lap.
Keselowski commented on the race at Richmond, stating that both cars managed to make their way to the front. He mentioned taking the lead in Stage 2 and acknowledged Chris as a strong competitor who started in 23rd place and passed 24 cars. Keselowski recognized Chris’s strength and their team’s stage win at the end of stage two. In stage three, Chris was able to keep up with Keselowski and even appeared to be slightly faster.
“He executed a fantastic pit sequence. I faced some challenges during the pit sequence with a few of my belongings. He positioned himself in the lead and maintained it without turning back, approximately with 110 to 120 remaining, I suppose.”
Missing out on a 1-2 finish
Keselowski achieved a sixth-place finish at Richmond, but had a strong desire for a 1-2 outcome following exceptional performance from both teams.
“I cannot reword”
“We have not yet achieved our desired position. Our goal is to consistently win every week, with a record of 1-2. The current situation represents another milestone in our journey of improvement, and there is much to be proud of.”
Buescher has secured a spot in the playoffs, while Keselowski currently holds a comfortable 133-point lead above the cutoff line. This is a significant improvement compared to 2022, when neither driver qualified for the playoffs. Next, the NASCAR Cup Series will take place at Keselowski’s home track in Michigan, where he has yet to achieve victory after 25 attempts.