Keselowski wins NNS race at Chicagoland

Brad Keselowski dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday and won his first NNS since race since returning to the series after he broke his ankle testing at Road Atlanta.

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Keselowski led 158 of the 200 laps. He was only passed for the lead one time and that was by Edwards. Keselowski blamed lapped traffic at the time. Keselowski pitted under green flag conditions while Edwards stayed out. Eventually Edwards ran out of gas allowing Keselowski to go back to the front.

Keselowski held off Carl Edwards by 8.568 seconds for his 15thcareer NNS win and his third of the season.

“Today was a team victory. Good strategy. Good execution. Fast car. We didn’t make any mistakes and a lot of times that’s what this sport is about. It was a really strong showing here today. I’m glad to get the win. Obviously, when you can get extra track time before the Cup race it can be advantageous. I think today was one of those situations. Hopefully it will payoff for tomorrow. We’ll just have to see.” Keselowski said.


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Edwards ran out of gas while leading on pit road on lap 124.  Edwards came out nine seconds behind

“Congrats to Brad. He was doing a really good job. I have to thank Fastenal, Ford and I hope folks tune in tomorrow. It is going to be a great race. The first race of the Chase and there couldn’t be a better race track to run at. It has multiple grooves and it is a really fun place. I just wish we had gotten a caution to get another chance at this one.” Edwards said.

Brian Scott finished third, Aric Almirola fourth and Sam Hornish Jr. finished fifth.

Scott earned his first career pole and led five laps en route to equaling his career best NNS finish (Chicagoland 2010).

“I think there at the end we were a little faster than Carl (Edwards), but he was a little better in the traffic, and we just got a little too loose.  After some of the luck we’ve had and had a fifth-place run ruined at Montreal, to be able to finish third here is a pretty good day.” Scott said.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 8th and holds a 14-point lead over Elliott Sadler in the series standings.

There were three caution periods for only eight laps in a relatively problem free event. There were eight lead changes between only five drivers.

 

Unofficial Race Results
Dollar General 300, Chicagoland Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/n2s/race.php?race=28
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Pos. No. Driver Make Points
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1 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 0
2 60 Carl Edwards Ford 0
3 11 Brian Scott Toyota 42
4 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 40
5 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 39
6 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 38
7 7 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 0
8 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 36
9 33 Paul Menard Chevrolet 0
10 32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 34
11 16 Trevor Bayne Ford 33
12 38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 33
13 20 Ryan Truex * Toyota 31
14 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30
15 19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 29
16 62 Michael Annett Toyota 28
17 9 Kenny Wallace Toyota 27
18 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 26
19 18 Joey Logano Toyota 0
20 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 25
21 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 23
22 15 Timmy Hill * Ford 22
23 39 Joey Gase Ford 0
24 87 Kevin Conway Toyota 0
25 14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 19
26 70 David Stremme Chevrolet 0
27 52 Blake Koch * Dodge 17
28 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 16
29 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 15
30 81 Scott Wimmer Dodge 14
31 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 13
32 28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 12
33 30 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 0
34 171 Matthew Carter Ford 10
35 49 Mark Green Chevrolet 9
36 103 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 8
37 175 Carl Long Ford 7
38 141 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 6
39 104 Danny O’Quinn Jr. Ford 5
40 146 Chase Miller Chevrolet 4
41 248 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 3
42 127 J.J. Yeley Ford 0
43 150 T.J. Bell Chevrolet 0

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