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Keselowski Breezes To Easy Kansas NNS Victory

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 8 2011

Brad Keselowski got the Nationwide victory at Kansas Speedway Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. –Brad Keselowski won the Kansas Lottery 300 Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon and won it with ease.

The Penske Racing driver led all but 29 laps of the 200-lap race. It was his fourth victory of the season in the series.

Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing finished second – a distant 2.6 seconds back.

“This Dodge Charger just hauled it all day,” Keselowski said. “I knew it was pretty good in practice but I didn’t know it was this good.”

It wasn’t just good, Edwards said.

“That was unreal,” Edwards said of Keselowski’s car.

“His went through the corner a little faster and down the straightaway a little faster. The thing is, each week people have different dominant cars. I am just hoping that when he starts complaining like he does about our car that someone can remind him about this race (joking). I think that car was spectacular. He did a good job too.”

Elliott Sadler of Kevin Harvick Inc. was third while Paul Menard was fourth and Ricky Stenhouse fifth.

Edwards started the race from the pole but lost it to Keselowski within the first five laps. Keselowski, last year’s NNS champion, held the lead for 83 laps. He lost it when he pitted under caution on lap 89.

During his stop, there was a miscommunication with his crew and when the car dropped from the jack, it stalled. He came out 14th – 13 places behind new leader Aric Almirola.

But it took Keselowski just six laps to get the lead back, and six laps after that he had a 2.4-second lead over second-place Paul Menard. Ten laps after that, Keselowski’s lead was 5 seconds.

The lead had reached 10 seconds when a caution waved on lap 142.

When the race restarted six laps later, it did so with Edwards just behind leader Keselowski.

But again, Keselowski began pulling away. His lead was over 2 seconds over Edwards when another caution came out with 28 laps to go.

On the restart, which came with 22 laps to go, Edwards moved to the lead past Keselowski. The two ran nose to tail for eight laps but with 14 to to, Keselowski eased past Edwards and ran away.

“I had a little hope we could hold him off for a while,” Edwards said. “That wasn’t the case.”

Danica Patrick finished 15th.

Things got a little testy between Aric Almirola and Brian Scott as they pounded on each other during the race and then had words for each other afterward.

“Really, it’s an issue that’s been building all year,” Scott said. “He’s run into the back of me on restarts, he wrecked me at Richmond, he walls me at Chicago. He races like it’s the last lap every time he’s around me, and I’ve had enough of it. He’s cost me a car and he continues to race like that, so I went and told him, and I just told him how I felt. I told him that I owed him one and I told him if he’s going to continue to race like that then I’m probably going to slip up and wreck him.”

Almirola blamed Scott.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 8 2011
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