Brad Keselowski Wins Darlington, Earns first victory for Ford’s Dark Horse Mustang. Larson holds P1 in GFT AI Rankings

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3 min read4 days ago

12 May 2024
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

DARLINGTON, SC — The drought is over for Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing, and Ford with Sunday’s victory in the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Keselowski’s victory ends a streak of 110 races without a win for Brad and marks the first trip to Victory Lane of the 2024 season for RFK Racing and Ford with the Dark Horse Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #6 Castrol Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 12, 2024 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

An epic battle …
On Lap 284, Tyler Reddick was in a fierce battle for the lead against RFK Racing’s Chris Buescher when Reddick lost the nose and slid up track into Buescher’s №17 Ford, forcing it into the wall of Turn 4. Both cars were damaged and immediately fell off the pace, opening the door for Keselowski to take the lead on Lap 285 and hold the lead for 8 laps to the finish. Keselowski finished 1.214 seconds ahead of 2nd place Ty Gibbs.

Top 10 finishers of the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 12, 2024 (Image Credit: NASCAR.com)

Stage Points Keep Larson P1 in Driver Points and GFT Rankings

A crash at lap 252 ended Kyle Larson’s day at Darlington, but not before he took his 6th place starting spot, fast Hendrick Motorsports ZL-1 Camaro, and his love of “riding the wall” at Darlington to win Stage 1 and place 5th in Stage 2. Those stage points helped Larson overcome his 34th place finish (DNF) enabling him to remain the NASCAR Cup Series points leader and P1 in the Go Full Throttle AI Driver Rankings.

Go Full Throttle Top 25 NASCAR AI Driver Rankings following the Goodyear 400 on May 12, 2024 at Kansas Speedway (Image Credit: GFT Digital)
Brad Keselowski ended a 110-race winless streak on Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway, winning Sunday’s Goodyear 400. (Image Credit: Fox Sports/NASCAR on Fox)

Go Full Throttle NASCAR Box Scores after Darlington

Go Full Throttle NASCAR BOX SCORES following the Goodyear 400 on May 12, 2024 at Kansas Speedway (Image Credit: GFT Digital)

After 13 Races …
Manufactures Box Score:
Chevrolet = 7
Toyota = 5
Ford = 1

Team Box Score:
Hendrick Motorsports = 6

Driver Box Score:
William Byron and Denny Hamlin ties with 3 wins each

GFT AI NASCAR FANTASY LIVE RACE PREDICTION MODELS

Go Full Throttle player AI 1 NASCAR Fantasy LIVE Rankings following the Goodyear 400 on May 12, 2024 at Kansas Speedway (Image Credit: GFT Digital)

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