Brad Keselowski was in a good position at the All Star Race on Sunday. Still, in the end Hendrick driver Kyle Larson was much faster and managed to come away with the win “It feels like running second to the Hendrick cars right now is an accomplishment.
They are just stupid fast,” Keselowski said, as quoted by motorsport “I had (Larson) off Turn 4 but they just have so much speed. He just motored right back by me – like, damn! Keselowski thinks they did a great job as a team, but that they just didn't have enough speed to be competitive with Hendrick team “It feels like a first-in-class day.
The team did a great job of executing and getting us in position, we just didn’t have enough speed to make the most of it. It was good execution day, though, and I am proud of that”.
Although Keselowski believes his Ford No.2 is the best car he has driven in Texas, he could not match Hendrick's cars.
“I could get to like five or six feet and then the draft stopped working. His car is so fast down the straightaway. Even with this package, you can’t draft those Hendrick cars. They are so fast,” he said. “We have work to do.
I feel like my team really executed the race very well and got us in position, we just didn’t have the raw speed we needed to close it out”. Team Penske did not start the race well but in the end their drivers achieved an excellent result, claiming three of the top-five finishing positions “We were running fourth or fifth there and we had a restart and I took the bottom for the last stage and got a pretty good restart and took them three-wide into (Turn) 1 and didn’t clear the top lane,” Blaney said.
Blaney is also aware of how difficult the task awaits them and how difficult it will be to match the Hendrick team, but it is certain that they will try to be better than them, although it will be a very difficult task. “They freight-trained through me and I got loose entering Turn 1 and gave up a few spots.
It was going to be hard to beat the Hendrick guys. They were pretty fast. Brad had a good run at them but I thought that was our only shot, that restart, but I just didn’t quite clear them”.