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Goodyear 400: Keselowski Ends 110-Race Winless Streak, Buescher and Reddick Feud At Darlington


Brad Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane at Darlington.
After 110 races, Brad Keselowski got his long-overdue return to Victory Lane. (Photo: James Gilbert | Getty Images)

DARLINGTON, S.C. - For the first time in 1,113 days and 110 races, Brad Keselowski finally found himself back in NASCAR Cup Series Victory Lane, earning his first win as an owner/driver for RFK Racing in the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway.


Keselowski earned 57 of 60 points, driving in a throwback paint scheme to an iconic Castrol car in Japan’s Super GT Series, the Castrol TOM’s Supra. Keselowski could not be happier as he got to take home the checkered flag and get the American flag back out for his trademark victory celebration.


"What a heck of a day," Keselowski said. "It’s Darlington, so whether it’s your first win, your last win, this is a really special track. The history of NASCAR, it’s as tough as it gets, and that battle at the end with my teammate (Chris Buescher) (and) Tyler Reddick, we just laid it all out on the line, it was freaking awesome.


"I thought it couldn’t get much better than Kansas. It did today. That was awesome. I’m so glad you guys got to see that. That was incredible, thanks for being here."


Tyler Reddick dominated most of the day, leading a career-high 174 laps as he won Stage 2. Reddick and Chris Buescher were battling hard, which led to some late-race drama in South Carolina.


Reddick made a move underneath Buescher in Turn 3, drifted up the track into the No. 17 RFK Racing Ford and damaged both cars as Keselowski sailed past them into the lead in the final laps.

Following Buescher's 30th-place finish and Reddick's 32nd-place result, some hot tempers were on full display on pit road after the race. An angry Buescher confronted Reddick about the contact that took them both out of contention for the win.


"Just getting wiped out," Buescher said. "For me, we know it’s gonna be good, hard racing here, but we hit so hard we wheel-hopped into the fence. I don’t get it. We’ve been able to race respectfully for our careers. I try and do that week in and week out and it’s not getting us anywhere right now. 


"To just get wiped out like that with this Fifth Third Bank Mustang, that’s a big shame. On the flip side, I’m stoked for Brad and the 6 bunch and RFK to get a win here. That’s huge, but, right now, selfishly I’m mad for my team and our group. We had a great day there and we didn’t get any finish to show for it."

The post-race drama and Keselowski's first win since the Talladega spring race in April 2021 overshadowed some great finishes, including a career-best runner-up finish for Ty Gibbs and the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.


"Yeah, I think I just honestly needed track position; that would be great," Gibbs said. "Getting out front before those guys started racing. It was really hard to pass today and that middle is super, super slick and honestly really gummy and slick. It was just really hard to pass, and it’s just really important to keep track position.


"But overall we had a great He Gets Us Toyota Camry," Gibbs added. "My 54 group did a great job. Thank you to Monster Energy. All glory to the man above, and we’ll keep rolling."


Also, Stewart-Haas Racing rookie Josh Berry quietly finished third, which is his best finish since becoming a full-time Cup Series driver.


Results from the 2024 Goodyear 400 during NASCAR's Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway are listed below:

2024 Goodyear 400 Results.

Other Race Facts

Brad Keselowski's victory at Darlington was the first NASCAR national series win for Ford in 2024. The manufacturer went 33 races before finally finding Victory Lane this season. Keselowski's win is also the first time an owner/driver has won in the Cup Series in his own equipment since Tony Stewart at Sonoma in 2016.


According to statistician Trey Ryan, Justin Haley's ninth-place finish is the best finish for a Rick Ware Racing Cup car on a non-drafting track.


"We had a really good Rick Ware Racing 51 Ford Mustang Dark Horse today," Haley said. "From the moment we unloaded it was just super on the track and fast and kind of followed suit with the 6’s setup and it happened that he won and we had a good race. Overall, it was a good day. We had great execution on pit road. I feel like we cleaned up a lot of stuff and got a top 10 for Rick Ware. It was a good points day."


Alex Bowman has four straight top-10 finishes, which is currently the most in the Cup Series.


The Goodyear 400 marked the 17th straight race where Denny Hamlin has led at least one lap. Although it was just one lap (Lap 240), that ties Kyle Busch for the longest streak ever by an active driver at the premier level.


Tyler Reddick (174) and Bubba Wallace (six) combined to lead 180 laps, which is the most laps 23XI Racing has ever led in a single race as an organization.


GRID Ranking

The 2024 GRID Ranking is the eighth year of the world's premier motorsport ranking and was initially released on Sunday, April 7.


The official ranking includes drivers that participate in seven racing series (NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1, Formula E, World Rally Championship, Repco Supercars, MotoGP), and each driver earns GRID Ratings, which help determine their seeding in the GRID Ranking.

DRIVER

OLD RATING

PREVIOUS RANKING

MOST RECENT FINISH

NEW RATING

NEW RANKING

Kyle Larson

13.69

13th

34th

12.64

T-16th

William Byron

12.70

15th

6th

12.64

T-16th

Denny Hamlin

10.98

23rd

4th

11.50

22nd

Brad Keselowski

N/A

N/A

1st

10.47

28th

Chase Elliott

9.74

29th

12th

8.99

33rd

Week 6 of the GRID Ranking:

After Kyle Larson picked up a DNF and William Byron finished sixth, the NASCAR GRID Rating is tied. Brad Keselowski's win propels him to fourth in the rating as Christopher Bell falls out.


The next race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway on Sunday, May 19. Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.


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