Brad Keselowski Joey Logano

Brad Keselowski enjoys their “heck  of a duel” with Joey Logano

In addition to being satisfied with his team’s performance, Brad Keselowski was also happy with how he and the champion, Joey Logano, competed in the race on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski Joey Logano

Logano dominated the most laps, but on lap 209, a multi-car accident at the head of the race enabled Keselowski to take the lead for the very first time.

From the resumption on lap 217 through the finish on lap 260, the rest of the race evolved into a duel between the former Team Penske teammates, with Logano frequently racing side-by-side with Keselowski.

Logano moved to the outside of Keselowski as the pack approached Turn 3 on the last lap, and with the help of a strong push from Christopher Bell, was capable of passing him for the lead. In a close race with Bell, Keselowski finished second while Logano held on to win.

“The bottom row came with a huge run. I don’t know how and I thought I had it blocked and Joey just kept shaking and his car didn’t stall out,” Keselowski said. “I couldn’t get the push down the back (stretch).

“A great run all-in-all for our (team). We were right there. I’m glad a Ford won. It was a heck of a battle.”

Heading toward Victory Lane

In addition to seeking to end a 66-race winless skid, Keselowski’s primary objective was to triumph for the first time with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing.

He left Team Penske, where he was colleagues with Logano, to start the previous season as an owner/racer for RFK.

“Yeah, (we’re) night and day from where we were a year ago – 100 percent,” he said. “Keep running like this, the good finishes and the wins will happen.”

Sunday’s chaotic last circuits ended under green while the Truck and Xfinity series races over the weekend included multiple collisions and cautions, which has been increasingly frequent at Atlanta since its reconfiguration to a superspeedway-style track.

“The coolest thing about this is two veterans showed that you can run a race here side-by-side bump drafting and not wreck the field,” Keselowski said. “It can happen if you race respectfully and I thought everybody did a great job.

“We were right there. I’m proud of my team and the effort, just not much we could do there.”

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