Keselowski wins Nationwide Series race at Gateway

Brad Keselowski won the 5-Hour Energy 250 Nationwide Series race on Saturday at Gateway International Raceway.

Keselowski pitted with 10-laps remaining and took four tires.  He restarted the race in fifth place and passed Bliss for the lead with less than two laps remaining to win his sixth Nationwide Series race of the season and the 12th of his career.

“When we had that one more lap of yellow, it went from five to four (laps left), I knew it was going to be close.  When Bliss got the lead, I thought he would be gone.  He had the best short-run car out of the group.  I got a little break when 32 got to him, got him a little loose and was able to take advantage of it, but Mike drove a great race.” Keselowski said.


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Keselowski now leads in the series standings by 485 points and should clinch the Nationwide Series Championship in two weeks at Texas Motor Speedway.

“It’s pretty exciting for everyone at Penske and Dodge and Discount Tire and Ruby Tuesday.  What an amazing year this has been.” Keselowski said.

Bliss finished second, Justin Allgaier third, Jason Leffler fourth and Carl Edwards finished fifth.

“I guess the fastest car doesn’t always win the race.  The Verizon Dodge Charger was awesome today and we had the car to beat.  We just made a bad pit call late and it cost us.” Keselowski’s teammate Allgaier said.

“It was pretty wild.  We had two (tires), guys behind us had four and the 32 (Reed Sorenson) had none.” Leffler said on the final restart.  “My car is really good, but without that issue the brake problem we could have contended for the win here.”

Danica Patrick hit the outside wall after contact from Steve Wallace with 10 laps remaining.  Patrick finished 22nd, 17 laps down.

Unofficial Race Results

5-Hour Energy 250, Gateway International Raceway

October 23, 2010 – Race 32 of 35

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 0 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 190 5 200 Running
2 0 33 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 175 5 200 Running
3 0 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge 175 10 200 Running
4 0 38 Jason Leffler Toyota 160 0 200 Running
5 0 60 Carl Edwards Ford 155 0 200 Running
6 0 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota 155 5 200 Running
7 0 88 Josh Wise Chevrolet 151 5 200 Running
8 0 18 Brad Coleman Toyota 142 0 200 Running
9 0 98 Paul Menard Ford 138 0 200 Running
10 0 104 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 139 5 200 Running
11 0 16 Trevor Bayne Ford 130 0 200 Running
12 0 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 127 0 200 Running
13 0 28 Kenny Wallace Toyota 124 0 200 Running
14 0 9 Brian Scott * Ford 121 0 200 Running
15 0 99 Ryan Truex Toyota 118 0 200 Running
16 0 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 115 0 198 Running
17 0 27 Drew Herring Ford 112 0 198 Running
18 0 21 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 109 0 198 Running
19 0 42 Brandon McReynolds Dodge 106 0 196 Running
20 0 23 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet 103 0 195 Running
21 0 15 Michael Annett Toyota 100 0 195 Running
22 0 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 97 0 183 Running
23 0 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford 94 0 164 Running
24 0 20 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 91 0 161 Out
25 0 40 Jeff Green Chevrolet 88 0 157 Running
26 0 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 85 0 150 Running
27 0 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet 82 0 138 In Pit
28 0 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 79 0 110 Out
29 0 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet 76 0 103 Running
30 0 81 Michael McDowell Dodge 73 0 103 In Pit
31 0 11 Brad Sweet Toyota 70 0 103 Running
32 0 10 Scott Wimmer Toyota 67 0 102 Running
33 0 139 Sean Caisse Ford 64 0 102 Running
34 0 35 Antonio Perez Chevrolet 61 0 72 In Pit
35 0 179 Tim Andrews Ford 58 0 29 In Pit
36 0 91 Chase Miller Chevrolet 55 0 15 In Pit
37 0 89 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 52 0 4 Out
38 0 92 Andy Ponstein Dodge 49 0 2 In Pit
39 0 156 Kevin Lepage Toyota 46 0 2 In Pit
40 0 194 Carl Long Chevrolet 43 0 2 Out
41 0 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge 40 0 1 Out
42 0 90 Danny O’Quinn Jr. Chevrolet 37 0 1 In Pit
43 0 136 Kevin Hamlin Chevrolet 34 0 1 In Pit

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