Keselowski Finishes Fourth in Martinsville
RIDGEWAY, Va. (Oct. 30, 2022) – Brad Keselowski and the No. 6 team put together their best performance of the 2022 season Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway, finishing fourth in the Kohler Generators Ford.
“We were solid all day,” Keselowski said after the race. “We had the spin there early and recovered from that. We had a good call at the end by Matt McCall to take two tires, but we just weren’t quite strong enough. I was going to cross over the 14 and he parked it and then everybody ran over me from behind and just never got another shot at it, so that was unfortunate, but, overall, it was a really good race for our team and another day of solid progress.”
A restart with 24 laps remaining saw the No. 6 in its highest position of the afternoon as Keselowski – a two-time Martinsville winner – restarted fourth after a two-tire pit call on pit road. The Michigan native picked off positions two and three, and was within feet of a pass of the No. 14 for P1, but momentum stalled as the No. 20 ultimately took over the lead and drove to the win.
It was a consistent, solid weekend for the Kohler Generators team all around as Keselowski turned the sixth-quickest lap in qualifying on Saturday, setting him up with quality track position in a race that proved it was key.
Stage one ran caution-free with Keselowski crossing the stripe sixth, with the stage break setting up the race’s first round of pit stops. He rolled fifth on the ensuing restart and finished seventh in again what was an all-green stage two of 130 laps.
Stage three began with a spin for Keselowski as he solo spun off the nose of the No. 1 at lap 274. He restarted 13th with 220 to go, and worked his way back inside the top-10 with 97 to go. The final caution flew with 34 laps remaining with Keselowski in seventh, setting up the strategy call that saw the No. 6 have a chance at the lead, before he later crossed the line fourth.
The 2022 NASCAR season comes to a close this weekend in Phoenix. Race coverage Sunday is set for 3 p.m. ET on NBC, with radio coverage on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
The No. 6 car was later disqualified in postrace technical inspection for failing to meet minimum weight requirements. With the penalty, Keselowski was relegated to 36th.