Keselowski Beats Back Busch In Iowa
Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with eight laps to go and hung to win the U.S. Cellular 250 Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway Saturday afternoon.
The finished capped an exciting final 50 or so laps which saw Keselowski and Busch exchange the lead a couple of times and attempt to exchanged it many more times.
The victory was the second of the season for Keselelowki, who collected an extra $75,000 for the victory as part of the Nationwide Dash for Cash program.
For Busch, the runner-up finish allowed him to pad his point lead over Carl Edwards, who finished fourth. That lead now is 207 points. Keselowski is third in points, 372 behind Busch.
“It was a good race hopefully for the fans with (Brad) Keselowski and I battling it out there at the end,” Busch said. “Unfortunately we weren’t quite good enough there to beat him even though we came in and we took two tires. We thought we were going to have what we needed in order to beat him but we were fighting tight all day, center off the corner and there at the last run I was loose.”
Busch held the lead at Iowa coming out of the final restart with 10 laps to go. But two laps later, Keselowski moved to the lead. Busch put a couple of moves on him over the next couple laps but could not get past.
“We just wheeled and ran,” Keselowski said.
Busch’s finish gave him his ninth consecutive top-two finish. Not that he cared.
“Apparently I don’t know what I need in my race cars in order to win these races at the end of them,” Busch said. “It’s a frustrating day. I really want to thank Pizza Ranch and Toyota, all the guys that worked on the car and worked awfully hard to fix our problem all weekend but we were just never good enough really to keep up with the 88 (Keselowski). He passed us every run and took off and checked out. We knew we had a second-place car today but when you’re that close and you have fresher tires than the other guy you should be able to beat him.”
Jason Leffler finished third and Kelly Bires was fifth.
The race was the first for Nationwide at the speedway, which is located about 30 miles east of Des Moines.
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