Keselowski Plows Way To Victory In Iowa
Brad Keselowski beat back an upset bid by Michael McDowell to win Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.
“A really good battle,” said Keselowski, who led 146 laps and has finished no worse than third in seven Nationwide starts this season. “He (McDowell) had me there for a minute. Somehow I slid back by him. I’m not really sure how it worked out.”
Keselowski’s win gave a boost to Team Penske in a tight race at the top of the owner point standings as it narrowed Joe Gibbs Racing’s lead from eight points to one (804 to 803).
“This isn’t a race that Penske circles and says we want to send a Cup driver to,” Keselowski said. “It’s just the way it works right now, (with) development drivers running in the (Camping World) Trucks series. The race is a conflict and it just kind of schedules out the way it does for me to be here. But I’ve enjoyed the success I’ve had here and it’s important for me personally to see those (developmental) drivers get opportunities in races like that.”
JGR drivers Sam Hornish and Elliott Sadler finished fourth and 10th, respectively.
Hornish — one of a handful to choose four tires on the last pit stop — led 65 laps and notched his fourth straight top-four finish at Iowa.
Trevor Bayne led the first 31 laps and settled for third. He also won the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.
“Hopefully we can build on this,” said Bayne, who moved up to fifth in points with 673. “I feel like we did everything but go to Victory Lane this weekend.”
Chase Elliott finished eighth and maintains a narrow lead of 714 points to 712 over Regan Smith, who placed sixth.
McDowell matched his career-best finish in just his second start of the season.
“This is a great finish,” McDowell said. “When you’re that close to getting the victory, it’s definitely a tough one. Brad definitely had the best car tonight, but on those restarts everybody’s got a shot.”No Comment