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Keselowski Wins At CMS

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 16 2010

Nationwide winner Brad Keselowski is congratulated by Penske Racing teammate Justin Allgaier Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Brad Keselowski stretched his Nationwide Series points lead to 450 points Friday night when he won the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The victory was the fifth of the season for the Penske Racing driver but first ever at the 1.5-mile Charlotte track.

“We had some pit strategy there in the middle of the race which I thought was really going to pay off,” Keselowski said. “It didn’t quite work out perfectly. I felt pretty good.

“And then our last adjustment was just incredible and it really got our car going. Then it was just down to having perfect restarts there at the end. I don’t know if they were perfect, but they were sure exciting. Martin Truex Jr. ran a heck of a race. Without the pushes at the restarts by both my teammate Justin and Joey Logano, I couldn’t have won the race. I got by with a little help from my friends I guess you can say.”

Carl Edwards, second in points, finished 13th.

“It’s just frustrating,” Edwards said. “We’re a better team than that. To finish13th, we’re better than that, so we just have to figure out what we were missing and work on it. We’ve got a good bunch of guys at the shop, so we’ll get it. We just were not that fast. There at the beginning we got set back by me stalling it out of the pits, but we made all of that back up. We should have been able to run better than 13th for sure.”

Finishing second Friday was Martin Truex Jr.

“I have never been so disappointed to run second,” Truex, said. “It looked like if those last couple cautions hadn’t come out, we were going to be in good shape. Just a little too tight after that last run there. It’s a shame because on the green flag runs we were really fast and really just called off the adjustments and then we got too tight later. These guys did a great job – they’re a part time Camping World East team that won the championship so to run like this with them again for the second time is awesome and they do an awesome job. I can’t thank them enough. Just wish we could have done one stop better.”

Third was Keselowski’s teammate, Justin Allgaier. He was followed by Joey Logano.

“There were times we shined and times we got out front,” Logano said. I looked at us as a third-place car for most of the race. The two cars that weren’t leading the race the whole night ended up winning this thing. That’s crazy – they did a good job adjusting on the race car and got their stuff faster.

“We just kind of maintained all night and it was all about restarts. If you started on the bottom then you were pretty much screwed and it was hard to get back up there and have a decent run. If you started on the top then you were able to get a couple spots. I figure if you started fourth then that was like starting second – that’s what I was figuring there. Either way, we’re better than what we were in Michigan with these new Nationwide cars and we got our GameStop Toyota a little bit better now. We’ll go back to work and we still have a little ways to go. We’re getting these things better and we’re getting closer now.”

Clint Bowyer, who started from the pole, was fifth. His chance to win was hurt by a speeding penalty on the final pit stop of the evening.

Danica Patrick was 21st.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 16 2010
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