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Iowa: Kesolowski nips Busch

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Saturday, August 01, 2009

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Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 Go Daddy Chevrolet, passes Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Pizza Ranch Toyota, on lap 242 to win the inaugural US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway
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Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with eight laps remaining to win Saturday's inaugural Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by Northland Oil and TMC Trucking.

Busch had pitted for two tires under the race's 10th caution, while Keselowski chose to keep his No. 88 Chevrolet on the track. The race went green on Lap 219 of 250, and Busch needed six laps to pass Keselowski.

But after another caution, Keselowski stormed back to take the lead and earn his second win of the season. And with the victory, Keselowski won an extra $75,000 via Nationwide Insurance's Dash 4 Cash program, honoring full-time Nationwide drivers who win select races, with Iowa being one of the four.

"It sure means a lot to win this race," Keselowski said. "The Dash 4 Cash program that Nationwide has, to be the guy that wins that … and to be a full-time Nationwide guy that wins it that doesn't run full time in the Cup series, it kind of feels like you stake a claim for the series by winning that.

"The inaugural race here at Iowa for the Nationwide Series, and, really, for NASCAR, and to win here in front of a crowd we had here today, that's pretty awesome.

"And it was a good race, too. Just everything about today, I couldn't ask for more. I couldn't ask for a better finish."

Keselowski ended up leading four times for 121 laps.

Busch finished second, matching the series record of nine for consecutive races finishing first or second.

"I wish they were all first," Busch said. "That'd certainly be nice, and then we'd have broken another record: We'd have the most wins in a single season. Man, I should be so grateful and so happy to finish second, but I am not. … Whether it's me, the car, I have no idea. But I put all the pressure on myself to come out here and win these things, and when I don't get the job done, I feel like I let my team down."

Busch did increase his series point lead to 207 over Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards, who finished fourth.

Jason Leffler finished third and Kelly Bires fifth.

Finishing sixth through 10th were Jason Keller, Kenny Wallace, Michael McDowell, Scott Lagasse Jr. and Stephen Leicht.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 11 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 195/10 250 Running
2 27 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Pizza Ranch 175/5 250 Running
3 15 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 165/0 250 Running
4 40 60 Carl Edwards Ford CitiFinancial 160/0 250 Running
5 12 10 Kelly Bires Toyota Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center 155/0 250 Running
6 13 27 Jason Keller Ford Cottonelle / Hy-Vee 150/0 250 Running
7 24 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 146/0 250 Running
8 9 26 Michael McDowell * Dodge Fischer Honda 142/0 250 Running
9 17 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Co. / Fat Brain Toys 138/0 250 Running
10 6 29 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 134/0 250 Running
11 36 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Northland Oil 130/0 250 Running
12 25 172 Benny Gordon Ford Samuel Metals / VSI Racing 127/0 250 Running
13 5 20 Brad Coleman Toyota BigSpot.com 124/0 250 Running
14 10 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 126/5 250 Running
15 2 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 123/5 250 Running
16 20 183 John Borneman III Ford Twisted X Boots / Borneman Plastering 115/0 250 Running
17 8 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 112/0 250 Running
18 18 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 109/0 250 Running
19 43 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 106/0 250 Running
20 39 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 103/0 250 Running
21 37 61 Matt Carter Ford Specialty Racing 100/0 248 Running
22 1 16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 3M 102/5 248 Running
23 3 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 94/0 247 Running
24 33 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet BarrNunnTrans- portation / Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel 91/0 245 Running
25 21 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 88/0 244 Running
26 4 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 85/0 244 Running
27 38 81 Sean Murphy Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 82/0 222 Running
28 16 2 Austin Dillon Chevrolet High Point University 79/0 211 Accident
29 30 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 76/0 205 Running
30 34 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 73/0 195 Running
31 7 5 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Fastenal 70/0 168 Engine
32 29 32 Brian Ickler Toyota Dollar General 67/0 165 Accident
33 23 23 Ken Butler III * Chevrolet Aaron's Dream Machine 64/0 108 Accident
34 28 40 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Westerman Companies 61/0 74 Accident
35 22 05 Casey Atwood Ford 31-W Insulation 58/0 37 Accident
36 41 87 Jeff Fuller Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 55/0 31 Overheating
37 31 0 Kertus Davis Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 52/0 26 Brakes
38 19 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacati ons.com 49/0 21 Brakes
39 35 173 Kevin Lepage Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 46/0 19 Rear End
40 32 91 Chase Miller Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 43/0 9 Brakes
41 26 47 Coleman Pressley Toyota Construction  Jobs.com 40/0 8 Engine
42 14 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 7 Overheating
43 42 07 Mike Harmon Chevrolet PMCLife.com 34/0 6 Brakes

* Denotes Rookie

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