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Keselowski wins after Busch's Goodyear tire deflates

Busch dominated Natiowide race but his Goodyear tires let him down
Saturday, May 30, 2009


Joey Logano, who took over for Tony Stewart at JGR and managed to take the car from a front runner to a  backmarker, ran into the back of his teammate Kyle Busch with one lap to go Saturday at Dover after Busch's Goodyear tire decided to deflate.
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Brad Keselowski finally caught a break.

Keselowski's good fortune came at the expense of continued bad luck for Kyle Busch, who failed to win Saturday's Heluva Good! 200 despite leading a race-high 108 of 200 laps at Dover International Speedway.

Keselowski took the lead for the first time on the next-to-last lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race after Logano ran into the back of Busch, his teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, moments after a restart on Lap 199.

The contact sent Busch up the concrete racing surface at the Monster Mile and gave Keselowski the opening he needed.

A day after failing to qualify for Sunday's Sprint Cup race, Keselowski made a winner of JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he powered his No. 88 Chevrolet past Logano's No. 20 Toyota through Turns 1 and 2 and crossed the finish line two laps later, .299 seconds ahead of the 19-year-old driver.

Clint Bowyer ran third behind Logano. Brian Vickers finished fourth, followed by Carl Edwards, who trimmed Busch's lead in the series standings to 40 points. Busch cut a tire during the incident with Logano and finished 17th.

Paul Menard, Scott Speed, Jason Leffler, Jason Keller and rookie Justin Allgaier completed the top 10. Leffler posted his seventh straight top-10 of the season and remained third in the standings.

Brad Keselowski
"We had a great car, we put ourselves in position to win, we needed a break, and we caught a break," said Keselowski, who won his third NASCAR Nationwide Series race. "Don't feel guilty about it. Not one bit. I saw the 18 slow down and the 20 making a basic maneuver. I just saw a hole, went for the hole and I made it. I was there and ready for it, and it worked out."

Logano, who started from the pole and led 87 laps, took responsibility for the contact that cost his teammate the race.

"At the end I just screwed up," Logano said. "That's what happened. I got behind Kyle on the restart. Finally I got a good restart -- he'd been kicking my butt every restart, kicking my butt through the first corner. I was trying to stay right up on him. I wasn't going to make the move and dive down underneath him into the corner, because I figured he'd just blow my doors (off).

"So I wanted to stay with him through the first corner and try to make a move after that. I got right up on his bumper, and he went into (Turn) 1 and let up earlier than I thought he was going to, and I got in the back of him. It was completely my fault. There was no room for error at where I positioned my car right behind him."

Busch, who did not speak to the media after the race, said on his team radio, "I would just point out that we took care of him (Logano) about 10 times today. Could have wrecked him."

Busch was leading when debris from Scott Wimmer's blown right front tire caused the ninth and final caution of the race on Lap 193 and set up the two-lap run to the finish.

According to Jason Ratcliff, crew chief of Busch's No. 18 Toyota, there were mitigating circumstances.

"He (Busch) said he could feel the right front go down right as he was coming to the green," Ratcliff said. "He wasn't sure if it was down or not, and then right as he drove off (Turn 4) he could feel it, and it was too late by that time. If he had known it earlier, we could have stopped and put right sides on. But, it was at the point of no return where you're driving off into the corner and you say 'Okay, I don't have a right front tire here.'  So, he did a great job just to bring it back from that. 

"So, he was trying to back his corner up to keep from knocking the wall down, and when he did the 20 got into him. It wasn't Joey's fault. It was just one of those things where everything lined up and turned into a bad deal all in a split second. If we would have known it under caution we could have stopped, but he (Kyle Busch) didn't know it until it was too late. It's one of them deals. Joey did a fine job."


1 12 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet 190/5 200 Running
2 1 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 175/5 200 Running
3 17 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 165/0 200 Running
4 7 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 160/0 200 Running
5 8 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Ortho 155/0 200 Running
6 10 198 Paul Menard Ford Richmond / Menards 150/0 200 Running
7 4 99 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 146/0 200 Running
8 23 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 142/0 200 Running
9 13 27 Jason Keller Ford A&P / MDA 138/0 200 Running
10 21 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 134/0 200 Running
11 29 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Construction 130/0 200 Running
12 9 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet US Fidelis 127/0 200 Running
13 5 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Copart 124/0 200 Running
14 16 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Championship Oct. 15-18 121/0 200 Running
15 30 81 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Dodge AA Auto Warranty 118/0 200 Running
16 39 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge Go Wings 115/0 200 Running
17 3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Food Lion "Feeding America" 122/10 200 Running
18 14 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair 109/0 199 Running
19 40 15 Michael Annett * Toyota 111/5 198 Running
20 31 61 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 103/0 198 Running
21 38 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Arthritis Foundation Delaware / Arthritis Walk 100/0 196 Running
22 34 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Prelude to the Dream / Lagina Plumbing 97/0 196 Running
23 18 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 94/0 196 Running
24 41 87 Kevin Conway Toyota Extenze 91/0 194 Running
25 11 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 88/0 191 Running
26 42 07 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Harrington Raceway & Casino 85/0 175 Too Slow
27 33 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 82/0 158 Accident
28 37 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Continental Fire & Safety / Long John Silver's 79/0 151 Running
29 20 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 76/0 145 Accident
30 2 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 73/0 143 Accident
31 25 177 Peyton Sellers * Chevrolet SFP 70/0 128 Running
32 6 5 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Fastenal 67/0 126 Accident
33 28 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 69/5 97 Engine
34 22 10 Marc Davis * Toyota The Word Network / WHUR 61/0 83 Accident
35 35 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Means Racing 58/0 65 Accident
36 43 49 Kertus Davis Chevrolet 55/0 43 Overheating
37 36 23 Ken Butler III * Chevrolet Aaron's Dream Machine 52/0 26 Accident
38 27 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 49/0 26 Accident
39 19 0 Mark Green Chevrolet 46/0 14 Overheating
40 26 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 43/0 13 Vibration
41 15 91 Terry Cook * Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 11 Overheating
42 24 196 Dennis Setzer Dodge 37/0 8 Vibration
43 32 05 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 34/0 8 Transmission

* Denotes Rookie

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