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Keselowski Gets First NNS Win Of Season

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 27 2013

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Brad Keselowski held off Kevin Harvick in a 12-lap run to the finish to win Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Race at Richmond International Raceway.

Keselowski passed Kyle Busch to the lead with nine laps left, with Harvick following into second place a lap later. Keselowski crossed the finish line .718 seconds ahead of Harvick with Busch rolling home in third.

The victory for Keselowski, who had won the pole for the race earlier in the day, was the first of the season in the Nationwide Series and the 21st of his career. It was the first for Penske Racing since switching from Dodges to Fords at the start of  this year.

“It’s very gratifying,” Keselowski said. “We’ve had a lot of seconds this year (two in the Nationwide Series), and we’ve been really close on the Cup side. We just haven’t been able to get that win. We’ve struggled here at Richmond, too, both in the Cup and the Nationwide cars, so it’s great to get that turned around and finally get to Victory Lane in a Ford.

“This is a Mustang (in NNS). Now we’ve got to win a Fusion (in Cup). The Fords have been really fast, and new finally closed one out today.”

“Our car was pretty good on the longer runs,” Harvick said. “The 22 (Keselowski) was really good for the short runs, and I had to try to fend him off as good as I could… All in all, it was a fun night. He just had a better car for the short runs. I enjoyed the race, back and forth. I always want to win, but it was still enjoyable.”

1. (1) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 250, $47990.

2. (4) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 250, $34250.

3. (2) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 250, $23525.

4. (9) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 250, $27050.

5. (16) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 250, $25475.

6. (14) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 250, $23625.

7. (3) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 250, $22385.

8. (18) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 250, $25295.

9. (17) Travis Pastrana, Ford, 250, $21775.

10. (10) Reed Sorenson, Ford, 250, $22750.

11. (30) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 250, $21325.

12. (7) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 250, $21225.

13. (20) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 250, $21125.

14. (23) Nelson Piquet Jr. #, Chevrolet, 250, $21075.

15. (13) Johanna Long, Chevrolet, 250, $21950.

16. (15) Ryan Reed, Ford, 250, $15150.

17. (22) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Chevrolet, 250, $20725.

18. (21) Kevin Swindell #, Ford, 250, $14625.

19. (19) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 250, $20550.

20. (8) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 250, $21175.

21. (27) Scott Lagasse Jr., Chevrolet, 250, $14450.

22. (26) Michael McDowell(i), Toyota, 249, $20375.

23. (25) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 248, $20300.

24. (28) Hal Martin #, Toyota, 248, $20250.

25. (31) Blake Koch, Toyota, 247, $20650.

26. (37) Eric McClure, Toyota, 247, $20125.

27. (12) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 246, $20075.

28. (40) Tanner Berryhill, Chevrolet, 246, $14000.

29. (39) Juan Carlos Blum #, Chevrolet, 245, $19950.

30. (33) Joey Gase, Ford, 244, $20200.

31. (11) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 244, $19830.

32. (38) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, 239, $19785.

33. (36) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, Engine, 233, $19740.

34. (35) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 222, $19620.

35. (6) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 210, $19537.

36. (5) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, Rear Gear, 142, $12650.

37. (32) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, Engine, 36, $18590.

38. (34) Dexter Stacey #, Ford, Accident, 22, $18536.

39. (29) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Electrical, 7, $12420.

40. (24) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 4, $12380.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 83.768 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 14 Mins, 18 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.718 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 8 for 57 laps.

Lead Changes: 11 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Keselowski(i) 1-2; K. Busch(i) 3-4; S. Hornish Jr. 5-87; K. Harvick(i) 88; E. Sadler 89-106; K. Harvick(i) 107-157; B. Keselowski(i) 158-169; K. Harvick(i) 170-209; B. Keselowski(i) 210-220; K. Harvick(i) 221-224; K. Busch(i) 225-240; B. Keselowski(i) 241-250.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Harvick(i) 4 times for 96 laps; S. Hornish Jr. 1 time for 83 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 4 times for 35 laps; K. Busch(i) 2 times for 18 laps; E. Sadler 1 time for 18 laps.

Top 10 in Points: S. Hornish Jr. – 259; R. Smith – 258; B. Scott – 236; J. Allgaier – 225; E. Sadler – 224; B. Vickers – 222; A. Dillon – 222; P. Kligerman – 219; T. Bayne – 213; K. Larson # – 204.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 27 2013
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