Auto racing: Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Dover
AP Sports Writer
DOVER, Del. — Brad Keselowski raced to his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season on Saturday, taking the lead during a restart with two laps left at Dover International Speedway.
Kyle Busch led most of the second half of race and appeared on the way to his third win of the season. But he seemed to have tire trouble off the restart that came after the caution with seven laps left. Busch also was nudged from behind by Joey Logano and both cars went up the track, giving Keselowski space to pass.
Keselowski's victory perhaps took away some of the sting of failing to qualify for Sunday's Cup race.
He led only one lap in his first career Cup win at Talladega in April, giving him three laps led total in his two NASCAR victories this season.
"We caught a break," Keselowski said.
Logano was second on the first anniversary of his Nationwide debut. He took the blame for pushing Busch too hard.
"I was trying to stay right up on him," he said. "I was going to stay with him through the first corner. I got right up on his bumper. I got in the back of him. Completely my fault."
Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.
Busch ended up 17th after leading the most laps for the fifth straight race. He has only one win over that span.
Fourth-generation Earnhardt driver Jeffrey Earnhardt failed to qualify for what he was hoping would be his debut race in the Nationwide Series. He was the lone driver who did not crack the 43-car field