Keselowski cruises NNS to victory at Charlotte

Brad Keselowski cruised to his 11th career Nationwide Series win and fifth of the season on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It was a great run. The start of the race was pretty frustrating. We started third, had a great qualifying effort.” Keselowski said. “I’m so mentally exhausted after this race. I might be bias, but this was the best race that I’ve seen in my life. That was awesome!”

The final caution flag came out on lap 187. The race was restarted with an 8-lap shootout between Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Lagano and Justin Allgaier.   Keselowski cleared Truex Jr. with five laps remaining and cruised to victory by 1.138 seconds to win his first race at Charlotte.  


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“I have never been so disappointed to run second. It looked like if those last couple cautions hadn’t come out, we were going to be in good shape. Just a little too tight after that last run there. It’s a shame because on the green flag runs we were really fast and really just called off the adjustments and then we got too tight later.” Truex Jr. said.  

Kyle Busch dominated the three quarters of the race and led a race high of 84 laps. Busch and Justin Allgaier made contact late in the race.  Busch faded back and finished in sixth place.  

Allgaier finished third, Logano fourth and Clint Bowyer finished fifth.  

“The Penske Dodge Challenger was awesome. These Verizon guys do a great job week in and week out. We don’t always get the results, but tonight they worked their tails off and we got a good finish.” Allgaier said.  

Danica Patrick scraped the wall on lap 11. Patrick battled back to finish 21st.  

“It seems like every time we have a chance to have a great finish we crash.” Patrick said. “And every time we have a pretty average night we finish and we finish in the 20s.”
   

Lap Notables:   On lap 187, Steve Wallace gets into the wall on the backstretch.   On lap 182, Brian Scott spins on the frontstretch and drags his trunk-lid down the track.   On lap 72, Robert Richardson Jr. got loose in turn two and backed into the outside wall collecting Ryan Truex.   On lap 64, Brian Scott got loose and spun coming out of turn four.   On lap 10, Michael Annett got loose between turns one and two, collecting Joe Nemechek and Shelby Howard. Nemechek suffered heavy damage.   Parker Kligerman, No 26, making his first start at Charlotte brought out the first caution flag of the night on lap 2. Parker lost control in turn four and backed into the outside wall.    

Unofficial Race Results

Dollar General 300, Charlotte Motor Speedway

Race 31 of 35 – October 15, 2010

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 3 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 190 5 200 Running
2 5 100 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 175 5 200 Running
3 9 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge 165 0 200 Running
4 4 20 Joey Logano Toyota 165 5 200 Running
5 1 21 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 160 5 200 Running
6 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 160 10 200 Running
7 7 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota 146 0 200 Running
8 15 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 147 5 200 Running
9 2 1 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 138 0 200 Running
10 14 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 139 5 200 Running
11 21 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 130 0 200 Running
12 19 11 David Reutimann Toyota 127 0 200 Running
13 11 60 Carl Edwards Ford 124 0 200 Running
14 13 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford 121 0 200 Running
15 24 38 Jason Leffler Toyota 118 0 200 Running
16 30 10 James Buescher * Toyota 120 5 200 Running
17 25 17 Trevor Bayne Ford 112 0 200 Running
18 39 43 Josh Wise Dodge 109 0 200 Running
19 12 16 Colin Braun * Ford 106 0 200 Running
20 34 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet 103 0 198 Running
21 18 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 100 0 198 Running
22 23 25 Kelly Bires Ford 97 0 198 Running
23 43 24 Eric McClure Ford 94 0 198 Running
24 27 5 David Starr Chevrolet 91 0 197 Running
25 35 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 88 0 197 Running
26 31 81 Michael McDowell Dodge 85 0 196 Running
27 42 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 82 0 195 Running
28 22 9 Brian Scott * Ford 79 0 192 Running
29 16 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 76 0 188 In Pit
30 38 27 Hermie Sadler Ford 73 0 188 Running
31 40 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 70 0 176 Running
32 37 35 Jason Keller Chevrolet 67 0 170 Running
33 41 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 64 0 130 In Pit
34 20 104 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 61 0 118 In Pit
35 6 98 Paul Menard Ford 63 5 117 Out
36 32 15 Michael Annett Toyota 55 0 73 In Pit
37 17 99 Ryan Truex Toyota 52 0 72 In Pit
38 28 156 Kevin Lepage Toyota 49 0 25 In Pit
39 29 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet 46 0 19 In Pit
40 26 49 Mark Green Chevrolet 43 0 12 Out
41 36 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 40 0 10 In Pit
42 33 136 Jeff Green Chevrolet 37 0 4 In Pit
43 8 26 Parker Kligerman Dodge 34 0 3 In Pit

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