Brad Keselowski Ties with Fireball Roberts on All-Time Wins List

Published 08/04/2020, 8:50 AM EDT


On Sunday night, Brad Keselowski stormed to victory at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, consequently picking up his third win of the season. The 36-year-old was practically unstoppable because he led more than half of the race.

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Brad Keselowski also took his 33rd career win, keeping him level with the late Fireball Roberts in the all-time wins list.

Keselowski led at least 184 laps out of 301 and made the race-winning move for the lead with 80 laps to go. Up until that point, Denny Hamlin and Keselowski dueled hammer and tongs for most of the race, exchanging the lead several times.

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Finally, on lap 221, Keselowski saw off Hamlin for good and broke away from the chasing pack.

It is also worth noting that this is one of Keselowski’s most impressive runs in the 2020 season, considering how earlier victories at the Coca-Cola 600 and Bristol depended on other drivers’ strategic blunders and late crashes.

How did Brad Keselowski triumph?

Admittedly, Denny Hamlin gave him a good fight but had to settle for second place at New Hampshire. To his credit, he won the first stage of the race, with Keselowski surging ahead in Stage 2.

Sadly, he could not keep Brad Keselowski in his sights in the final 80 laps.

Meanwhile, Martin Truex Jr. overcame a penalty to finish third, due to an uncontrolled tire during a routine stop. Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick completed the Top-5.

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Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Chase Elliott, and Tyler Reddick rounded out the Top-10. The latter managed to make short work of William Byron and Jimmie Johnson.

Coming to the late Fireball Roberts, his first win came in 1950 at the Occoneechee Speedway. After a few winless years, he was back on the top step in 1956, winning five races that year.

He would go on to rack up more wins until the 1964 season and tragically passed away at the World 600 in Charlotte.

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