Brad Keselowski’s fuel strategy to save gas won the day at the Charlotte Nationwide Series race.
Only Brad isn’t telling how he stretched his gas mileage to 73 laps.
When asked how he held off Denny Hamlin’s Toyota for the win he said "well, I can’t tell you that," with a big toothy smile. "There’s a strategy and you know, Penske Racing engines, they do a great job with fuel mileage on the Dodges and they deserve a lot of credit for it.
"There’s only so much you can do as a driver and a lot of it comes down to the car and what it needs. Denny didn’t let me save any. I can tell ya at the end he was running pretty hard and I knew he was going to be tough, both him and Kyle (Busch)."
It was Keselowski’s 18th win in NASCAR’s junior series.
Hamlin was not surprisingly disappointed: "It was a great battle back for us," Hamlin said.
"We were just struggling to get the motor running at end of the straightaway. I thought we had a carburetor problem. We fought the handling. We just didn’t have that good of a car, but we were able to make something of it.
"I had used my stuff up so much trying to get back through the field. I wore out the right front right off it."
Ford driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, the points leader, had a broken driveshaft, causing a lengthy pit stop for a replacement and repair. He finished 26th – 21-laps behind the winner –, but still has a 13-point lead over Elliott Sadler, who finished fifth.
Austin Dillon, the highest ranked rookie who finished 11th, is third in the standings, 28 points behind Stenhouse, Jr.
Danica Patrick finished 13th, and X-Games Champion, Travis Pastrana 24th, five laps down of two spins.