From the Pole to Victory Lane; Keselowski Wins at New Hampshire

Keselowski celebrates in victory lane Photo- Getty Images

Brad Keselowski won from the pole Saturday afternoon in the Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire after he led the most laps and passed Kevin Harvick late in the race to win. After a down weekend last weekend for Penske Racing, this was a positive event to happen to the team. Problems began early for Kyle Busch. Busch had won the last three Nationwide Races at New Hampshire and he wasn’t going to make it four today.

Bush started experiencing mechanical issues on lap 20 and eventually went behind the wall. He would eventually re-enter the track, multiple laps down. The first caution came out on lap 38 when debris was spotted on the track. The leaders pitted, and Kasey Kahne took two tires and the lead. The second caution of the day came out on lap 81 when Travis Pastrana cut down a tire and slammed the wall. The leaders came down pit road and they exited as followed; Keselowski, Whitt, Kahne, Dillon and Harvick.

At the halfway point in the race, Keselowski led followed by Hornish Jr, Whitt, Dillon and Kahne. The yellow flag flew again on lap 120 when Cole Whitt got in the back of Danny Efland and Efland spun up the track and hit the wall hard. Keselowski was the leader coming to the restart. On lap 150, Danica Patrick spun to bring out the caution. With 44 laps to go, Kevin Harvick took the lead from Keselowski. Then with 22 to go, Harvick got stuck behind the lap car of Amber Cope and Keselowski passed Harvick.

Keselowski then cruised to the finish line to take the checkers for the second time in the Nationwide Series this season. Austin Dillon won the Nationwide ‘Dash 4 Cash’ incentive and pocketed 100,000 dollars. Stenhouse Jr was second in the ‘Dash 4 Cash’ followed by Sadler and Annett. Next week in Chicagoland; Dillon, Hornish Jr, Stenhouse Jr and Sadler will compete in the ‘Dash 4 Cash’ program to win $100,000. Keselowski noted that the races are “not supposed to be easy (to win)” after hearing of Stenhouse Jr passing out on pit road following the race.

Stenhouse Jr was battling strep throat throughout the week and became dehydrated towards the end of the race. Stenhouse Jr is now awake and alert. Harvick showed his displeasure of Amber Cope, who lost the race for him after she didn’t move out of the way when the leaders were approaching., when Harvick gave Cope a bump coming on to pit road following the race. Keselowski dominated the race and earned a trip to victory lane.

Next week the Nationwide Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway for a Sunday afternoon race. Tomorrow, Keselowski and the cup drivers take on the “Magic Mile” in New Hampshire, around one on TNT.

Results via Nascar.com

FIN

ST

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 1 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Snap-On   Tools 0 200 Running
2 4 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Barber   Foods 0 200 Running
3 12 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet AdvoCare 42/1 200 Running
4 6 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Alliance   Truck Parts 40/0 200 Running
5 3 6 Ricky Stenhouse   Jr. Ford Cargill 39/0 200 Running
6 2 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great   Clips 0 200 Running
7 7 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain   Financial 37/0 200 Running
8 13 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 36/0 200 Running
9 9 30 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet LiftMaster 0 200 Running
10 11 18 Ryan Truex Toyota Grime   Boss 34/0 200 Running
11 14 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot   Flying J 33/0 200 Running
12 8 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar   General 32/0 200 Running
13 15 44 Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar   Motorsports 31/0 200 Running
14 18 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 30/0 200 Running
15 27 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet G&K   Services 29/0 200 Running
16 16 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota American   Majority 29/1 199 Running
17 25 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Phoenix   Automotive Cores 27/0 199 Running
18 10 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 26/0 199 Running
19 19 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota Wildco   Petroleum Equipment Sales 25/0 197 Running
20 22 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil /   Ryobi 24/0 196 Running
21 28 41 Timmy Hill Ford Poynt.com 23/0 196 Running
22 37 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty /   Reynolds Wrap 22/0 196 Running
23 33 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet ML   Motorsports 0 196 Running
24 32 39 Josh Richards Ford NSW   Kids 20/0 194 Running
25 21 108 Matt Frahm Ford Harvey   Building Products / Maui Jim 19/0 194 Running
26 43 124 Amber Cope Chevrolet Maxelence   / Luichiny 18/0 167 Running
27 40 52 Joey Gase * Chevrolet BBB.org   / Chamber of Commerce 17/0 130 Vibration
28 5 54 Kyle Busch Toyota Monster   Energy 0 121 Fuel   Pressure
29 36 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet Tradebank 15/0 116 Accident
30 17 23 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva   Auto Group 14/0 79 Sway   Bar
31 20 199 Travis Pastrana Toyota Boost   Mobile 13/0 77 Accident
32 34 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet PPG /   Racing With Jesus 12/0 47 Handling
33 30 86 Kevin Lepage Ford Deware   Racing Group 11/0 19 Unknown
34 29 171 Scott Riggs Ford Poynt.com 0 9 Ignition
35 38 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet MAKE   Motorsports 9/0 6 Brakes
36 42 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Koma   Unwind Relaxation Drink 8/0 6 Overheating
37 39 175 Matthew Carter Chevrolet Rick   Ware Racing 7/0 5 Vibration
38 35 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com 6/0 5 Brakes
39 41 15 Charles   Lewandoski Chevrolet Rick   Ware Racing 5/0 4 Brakes
40 26 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 4/0 3 Engine
41 24 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 0 3 Rear   Gear
42 31 47 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 0 3 Transmission
43 23 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar   Motorsports 1/0 2 Vibration

 

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