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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|