Keselowski Claims NNS Race In Loudon
Brad Keselowski eased away from Kyle Busch over the final laps to win Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Busch held on to finish second.
“This is really satisfying,” Keselowski, driving the Team Penske No. 22 Ford Mustang, said. “This team has deserved to win a few races and things just haven’t quite gone their way and it is nice to put it together here at Loudon with a strong car and great team. Loudon is one of my favorite places to go race. That is why I am running the Nationwide race here. I really enjoy being out here. I want to thank the fans for coming out and we hope to see you tomorrow and hopefully we can do the same thing.”
Busch had stayed within striking distance of the lead over final green-flag run. He even made it to Keselowski’s rear bumper when the leader encountered lapped traffic a couple times.
But Keselowski’s car was a bit faster than Busch’s No. 51 Toyota and the victory came without much drama.
“Lapped traffic is always difficult here at Loudon,” Keselowski said, “but I give credit to the field. They helped me out and gave me a few breaks. That is part of the fun.”
Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing finished third.
The finish equaled Kenseth’s best Nationwide Series result this season, as the Cambridge, Wisconsin-native finished third April 11 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. It was Kenseth’s 130th top-five finish in the Nationwide Series and it came in his 275th start.
“The guys that qualified first and second, finished first and second,” Kenseth said. “I felt like we were a third-place car and we finished third. I felt like the two best cars were in front of me and I couldn’t catch them. The 42 (Kyle Larson) was better on the short run and we were better on the long run and got away there a little bit. It’s just what we had. We had a couple of shots to make it better and we made it better, but not good enough to run with the 22 (Brad Keselowski) and the 54 (Kyle Busch).”No Comment