KANSAS CITY, Kan. —
It was severe enough that his crew was concerned.
“On that last restart, he kept asking the spotter before we started, he said, ‘Where’s the wind? The wind feels different,”’ said longtime Penske executive Walt Czarnecki. “At one point he said, ‘It’s like I’ve got a parachute hanging out the back of the car.’
“It was quite a drive,” Czarnecki said. “One of the best I’ve ever seen.”
When it eventually popped off, it brought out a caution that allowed Matt Kenseth to seize control, and ultimately hold off Kahne for his second straight win at Kansas.
But the yellow flag also allowed the No. 2 team to finally bend their car back into shape, and that was enough for Keselowski to start driving to the front as the end neared.
“Wasn’t that great?” Penske said. “With all the trouble they had, and the accident on the first lap, and Joey and Sam being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I think it was an amazing finish, and shows just how tough the team is. We’ve got to move on here and keep on racing.”
And keep showing the kind of resilience they exhibited Sunday.
“We’ve been really strong almost every week, and it’s just a matter of fighting through that adversity that every race is going to throw at you,” Keselowski said, “and I think my team did a great job with that this weekend and so far all year.”