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Keselowski Wins Texas XFINITY Race

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Brad Keselowski won the XFINITY Series race at Texas on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Brad Keselowski  won the XFINITY Series race at Texas on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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Brad Keselowski passed leader Autsin Dillon with 11 laps to go and hung on to win Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The victory was the 34th of the Team Penske driver’s career in the series. It was his second win of the season and second at TMS’s 1.5-mile quad-oval.

“Kind of a funky race to be part of with everybody coming and going,” Keselowski said, noting numerous lead changes and mechanical problems for fast cars. “But we just stayed right there, just kind of running second and third pretty much the whole race and then at the end we were able to get out front.”

Kevin Harvick passed Dillon with five laps to go and went on to finish second.

Dillon held off Erik Jones, the series points leader, to finish third.

“Yeah, I thought it was a great battle,” Keselowski said of the final laps. “I don’t know what it looked like on TV or in here but I thought it was a great battle. I was able to barely get beside the 33 car (Dillon) in one and two and ran side by side for what felt like forever. I am sure it was only two laps but in the driver’s seat that feels like an hour. I saw the 88 (Harvick) coming and he knew he had the opportunity to win the race and I was just barely able to clear the 33 before the 88 got there. That was the difference maker. I thought Austin Dillon did a great job but we were able to get a little more turn on him and get underneath him. It was a really good battle.”

Ty Dillon finished fifth.

Series points leader Chris Buescher finished 11th.

Harvick inherited the lead when Kyle Larson blew a tire with 24 laps to go but on the ensuing caution, Dillon came out of the pits with the lead.

That set up the race-winning pass.

Buescher will head to Phoenix next weekend 24 points in front of Chase Elliott and 30 in front of Ty Dillon.

“It isn’t comfortable yet,” Buescher, a Texas native, said. “It is a cushion that we have and I guess you average that out to 12 spots per race so if we go out and finish top-10 the last two we should be in good shape. That would be cutting it too close for comfort but we need to just have some solid runs the next two weeks.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas

Saturday, November 07, 2015

  1. (2) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 200, $74829.
  2. (8) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 200, $56590.
  3. (1) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200, $47982.
  4. (3) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 200, $43341.
  5. (9) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $35321.
  6. (5) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 200, $33389.
  7. (11) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, $30662.
  8. (10) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 200, $30590.
  9. (4) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, $28454.
  10. (14) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 200, $30317.
  11. (12) Chris Buescher, Ford, 200, $26711.
  12. (13) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200, $26155.
  13. (18) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 200, $25624.
  14. (6) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 200, $19195.
  15. (17) Ryan Reed, Ford, 200, $25567.
  16. (24) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, 200, $24841.
  17. (20) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 200, $24715.
  18. (19) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 200, $24589.
  19. (7) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 199, $24462.
  20. (23) Ryan Truex, Ford, 199, $24836.
  21. (25) Blake Koch, Toyota, 198, $24210.
  22. (21) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 198, $24078.
  23. (15) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 197, $23927.
  24. (26) Mason Mingus(i), Chevrolet, 195, $23775.
  25. (32) David Starr, Toyota, 194, $23774.
  26. (30) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 193, $23497.
  27. (22) Ray Black Jr.(i), Chevrolet, 192, $23371.
  28. (33) Eric McClure, Toyota, 190, $23245.
  29. (38) Martin Roy, Chevrolet, 190, $23169.
  30. (29) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 189, $17419.
  31. (37) Derek White, Chevrolet, 188, $23063.
  32. (39) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 180, $23002.
  33. (16) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 178, $16962.
  34. (35) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, Engine, 102, $22927.
  35. (31) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Handling, 42, $16863.
  36. (28) Mike Bliss, Toyota, Transmission, 40, $21200.
  37. (36) Josh Reaume #, Dodge, Suspension, 14, $14200.
  38. (27) TJ Bell(i), Toyota, Electrical, 12, $19200.
  39. (40) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, Vibration, 9, $12200.
  40. (34) Jeff Green, Toyota, Transmission, 4, $11200.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  139.607 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 08 Mins, 56 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.137 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 23 laps.

Lead Changes:  17 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   A. Dillon(i) 0; B. Keselowski(i) 1-8; A. Dillon(i) 9-54; K. Busch(i) 55-59; K. Harvick(i) 60-78; K. Busch(i) 79; B. Keselowski(i) 80-117; K. Larson(i) 118-121; B. Keselowski(i) 122-123; K. Larson(i) 124-163; B. Keselowski(i) 164-165; R. Sieg 166; D. Armstrong 167-169; K. Larson(i) 170-175; K. Harvick(i) 176-180; B. Keselowski(i) 181; A. Dillon(i) 182-189; B. Keselowski(i) 190-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  B. Keselowski(i) 6 times for 62 laps; A. Dillon(i) 2 times for 54 laps; K. Larson(i) 3 times for 50 laps; K. Harvick(i) 2 times for 24 laps; K. Busch(i) 2 times for 6 laps; D. Armstrong 1 time for 3 laps; R. Sieg 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: C. Buescher – 1,126; C. Elliott – 1,102; T. Dillon – 1,096; R. Smith – 1,095; E. Sadler – 1,008; D. Wallace Jr. # – 1,001; D. Suarez # – 1,000; B. Scott – 959; B. Gaughan – 959; R. Reed – 854.

 

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 7 2015
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