MIAMI - Brad Keselowski went from 10th to first in the final five laps of tonight’s Ford EcoBoost 300 to win his seventh race of the season and give Ford the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Manufacturers’ Championship.
Ford entered the race trailing Toyota by two points and needed a victory to secure its second manufacturers’ title in three years and fourth overall. In addition, Keselowski’s win was a manufacturer-best 15th of the season for Ford.
“That was an amazing performance by Brad and the entire Penske team to make this happen. What an amazingly close battle it was today,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “To watch Brad come from that far back in the pack to clinch the manufacturers’ championship was just amazing. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone that helped Ford get to this moment tonight.”
Keselowski led the way to Ford’s manufacturer title with those seven wins while Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano followed with three. AJ Allmendinger captured two road course wins while Ryan Blaney and Sam Hornish Jr. capped off a strong season for Team Penske with one victory each. Roush Fenway Racing’s Trevor Bayne also contributed to the title with his victory at Iowa in June, which happened to be Ford’s 200th all-time series triumph.
Ford won NNS manufacturer championships in 1995, 2002 and 2011 prior to this season.
Brad Keselowski's Win Saturday night at Homestead Miami Speedway clinched the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Manufacturers championship for Ford.