Keselowski Goes Left And Right!
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Brad Keselowski put together a dominant performance Saturday at Watkins Glen Int’l during the Zippo 200, leading 46 laps en route to his fourth-straight NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in as many starts.
Keselowski ran in the top five all day, but was back in the pack when the caution flag waved on lap 58 for debris in the inner loop. Joey Logano, running a third Penske Racing Ford Mustang, was trying to run the race on one less stop than everyone else and opted not to pit under caution.
That strategy call meant Logano will restart with the lead. Keselowski, who had made his final stop on lap 53 under green, moved up to second for the restart when Justin Allgaier pitted for fuel and tires.
The field returned to green flag racing on lap 62 with Logano out front, followed by his Penske Racing teammates Keselowski and polesitter Sam Hornish Jr. The three Penske cars quickly put a gap on the rest of the field, with Keselowski pressuring Logano for the lead.
Keselowski made his move for the lead on lap 66, overtaking Logano entering turn one at the end of the fronstretch. Hornish followed Keselowski by Logano, who began to fade from contention as he tried to save fuel.
Hornish did everything he could to put pressure on Keselowski in the closing laps. With eight laps to go Hornish was directly behind Keselowski, but after a few laps of hard racing Hornish faded from contention.
In the end Keselowski was able to beat Hornish to the finish line by 1.418 seconds to earn his first NASCAR Nationwide Series road course victory.
“I’ll tell you what, the Mustang’s in the Nationwide Series are on a roll. These cars are awesome,” Keselowski said in victory lane. “I made a couple little mistakes. I thought he’d (Hornish) get me to be quite honest. I was just trying not to make any huge ones. It just all came together.”
Hornish, who closed to within three points of series championship leader Austin Dillon, said he simply used up his race car in the final laps trying to catch Keselowski.
“I was overdriving the crap out of the car trying to pressure Brad into making a mistake,” Hornish admitted. “I got him to get into turn one hard a couple of times. I just wore my stuff doing everything I could do to figure out how to keep with him and keep pressuring him.”
Brian Vickers finished third, followed by Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler.
Logano ran out of gas with two laps left and finished 21st. Kyle Busch, who started second, crashed in the first corner of the race and finished 24th.