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Keselowski Wins NNS Race At Charlotte

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 11 2014

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Brad Keselowski came on strong at the end to win the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Keselowski outlasted a charge by Kyle Busch in the closing laps to get his third Nationwide Series win at Charlotte.

“Winning a Nationwide race … the novelty hasn’t worn off,” said Keselowski, who tied NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram for fifth on the all-time Nationwide win list with 31. “I don’t take these wins for granted.

“I thought we were playing prevent defense early in the race. We were just waiting on who was going to blow the next tire. You didn’t want to run slow and get further back in traffic where you couldn’t make passes. But we had some tire problems on the first run and thankfully we got better. We made some adjustments on the car and the team did an awesome job tonight. It’s the people. Whenever you have a team, it’s always the people right? With the sponsors we have and Roger Penske as a car owner, and Jeremy Bullins who has a done a tremendous job on this program this year, he has really earned it. I’m glad I get to drive it. ”

Busch finished second.

“For us early, we just didn’t have a fast race car,” he said. “I just didn’t quite have the grip I needed to. I was really feeling insecure just not having the car underneath. We worked on it … and made it better there. … We were looking pretty good, just kind of holding a second gap there. Somehow there are things that fall out of the sky and cause cautions, so that kind of ruined our day. We had to come down and get squared back up with stickers and stickers, but the competition was better than us and beat us.”

Pole sitter Chase Elliott took control of the race early on, leading 66 laps. But a couple late restarts shuffled him back in the field, leaving the rookie with a disappointing eighth-place finish that he blamed himself for.

Matt Kenseth was third to give Sprint Cup drivers a podium sweep.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race – 300 Miles Of Courage

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Friday, October 10, 2014

1. (10) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 200, $65375.

2. (5) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 200, $52075.

3. (2) Matt Kenseth(i), Toyota, 200, $37500.

4. (19) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 200, $26475.

5. (6) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 200, $26450.

6. (13) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 200, $27075.

7. (8) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 200, $24360.

8. (1) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 200, $36120.

9. (4) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 200, $22000.

10. (3) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, $24525.

11. (22) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, $21150.

12. (7) Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 200, $13600.

13. (16) Ryan Sieg #, Chevrolet, 200, $19000.

14. (21) Dylan Kwasniewski #, Chevrolet, 200, $18625.

15. (9) Ryan Reed #, Ford, 200, $19250.

16. (14) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200, $18175.

17. (20) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 200, $17975.

18. (15) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 200, $17775.

19. (24) Dakoda Armstrong #, Ford, 200, $17600.

20. (33) David Starr, Toyota, 200, $18150.

21. (23) Ross Chastain(i), Toyota, 200, $11300.

22. (25) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 198, $17195.

23. (37) Kevin Swindell, Dodge, 197, $17095.

24. (17) Corey LaJoie(i), Ford, Accident, 175, $16970.

25. (40) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 166, $17370.

26. (38) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 165, $16795.

27. (31) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 161, $16670.

28. (26) Chad Boat #, Chevrolet, Accident, 138, $10570.

29. (35) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, Accident, 75, $16495.

30. (11) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, Accident, 74, $16745.

31. (18) James Buescher, Toyota, Accident, 74, $16390.

32. (32) Eric McClure, Toyota, Accident, 73, $16305.

33. (12) Cale Conley(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 73, $10240.

34. (39) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, Vibration, 9, $16205.

35. (36) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 8, $10158.

36. (34) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, Accident, 1, $15450.

37. (30) Tanner Berryhill #, Toyota, Accident, 1, $15415.

38. (28) Will Kimmel III, Toyota, Accident, 1, $15336.

39. (27) JJ Yeley, Dodge, Accident, 0, $15220.

40. (29) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, Accident, 0, $15190.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 122.172 mph.

Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 27 Mins, 20 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.377 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 8 for 42 laps.

Lead Changes: 13 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: C. Elliott # 1-8; M. Kenseth(i) 9-60; C. Elliott # 61-73; R. Smith 74-82; C. Elliott # 83-120; K. Busch(i) 121-131; B. Keselowski(i) 132-139; C. Elliott # 140-146; K. Busch(i) 147-169; B. Gaughan 170-171; R. Blaney(i) 172; B. Gaughan 173; R. Blaney(i) 174-186; B. Keselowski(i) 187-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): C. Elliott # 4 times for 66 laps; M. Kenseth(i) 1 time for 52 laps; K. Busch(i) 2 times for 34 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 2 times for 22 laps; R. Blaney(i) 2 times for 14 laps; R. Smith 1 time for 9 laps; B. Gaughan 2 times for 3 laps.

Top 10 in Points: C. Elliott # – 1,106; R. Smith – 1,064; B. Scott – 1,045; E. Sadler – 1,043; T. Dillon # – 1,042; T. Bayne – 1,008; C. Buescher # – 912; B. Gaughan – 875; R. Reed # – 820; J. Buescher – 792.


| , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 11 2014
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