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Aggressive Keselowski Taking Home Elvis

Bumps and bangs his way to Nationwide victory
Saturday, October 24, 2009

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Brad Keselowski
Leah Vaughn/Memphis Motorsports Park
An aggressive Brad Keselowski won his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season, banging his way to victory in the Kroger On Track For The Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon.

Keselowski was involved in at least three incidents in the race, the last when he bumped Carl Edwards with a handful of laps remaining.

Keselowski then got the lead when he whipped past the front row of Michael Annett and Tony Raines on a restart with 12 laps to go. He then held off NASCAR Nationwide points leader Kyle Busch on a green-white-checkered restart to secure the win.

Keselowski picked up an extra $75,000 from Nationwide as part of its Dash 4 Cash program. He won a $25,000 bonus for winning the race and $50,000 for scoring the most points in the four Dash 4 Cash races.

But the most prized possession was the last-in-its-series Elvis trophy that track officials award race winners. Keselowski carried it to the post-race news conference and planned on taking it with him on the plane ride home.

"I've got this Elvis—man, I really wanted that trophy bad, just as bad as I wanted the Dash 4 Cash," Keselowski said. "To be able to finally get it today is a special thing."

Busch ended up second, with Jason Leffler overcoming a sinus infection to finish third. Mike Bliss, who led the most laps but also was involved in an incident with Keselowski, finished fourth.

Brendan Gaughan finished fifth, though he was leading comfortably when the yellow waved for debris with 23 laps remaining. Gaughan lost track position during pit stops.

The rest of the top 10: Edwards, Scott Wimmer, David Reutimann, Stephen Leicht and Landon Cassill.

Neither Edwards nor Bliss were that angry with Keselowski, though they both said if that's the way he wants to race, they will race him the same way. Keselowski admitted to driving hard throughout the race.

"Today, I was very aggressive and put myself in a lot of those situations that led to contact," Keselowski said. "Two of them led to spins. I didn't do myself any favors by that. It's not like I came out on top with that. I tore my car up and slowed it down. It wasn't like that was what won me the race.

"What won me the race was being aggressive throughout. The specific contact didn't win me the race. They actually hurt."

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 - 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Delphi 190/5 254 Running
2 - 18 Kyle Busch Toyota FedEx 175/5 254 Running
3 - 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 165/0 254 Running
4 - 11 Mike Bliss Toyota Ridemakerz 170/10 254 Running
5 - 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet US Fidelis 160/5 254 Running
6 - 60 Carl Edwards Ford Save-A-Lot 155/5 254 Running
7 - 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 146/0 254 Running
8 - 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 142/0 254 Running
9 - 29 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 138/0 254 Running
10 - 1 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 134/0 254 Running
11 - 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 130/0 254 Running
12 - 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 127/0 254 Running
13 - 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 129/5 254 Running
14 - 20 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Pizza Ranch 121/0 254 Running
15 - 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet NuTone Heating & Cooling Products 118/0 254 Running
16 - 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Germain Racing 120/5 254 Running
17 - 81 Blake Koch Dodge Joe Michael / Crusader Staffing 112/0 254 Running
18 - 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 114/5 254 Running
19 - 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 111/5 254 Running
20 - 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 103/0 254 Running
21 - 196 Michael McDowell * Dodge AT&T "The Real Yellow Pages" 100/0 252 Running
22 - 239 Eddie MacDonald Ford Go Green Racing 97/0 250 Running
23 - 5 Richard Boswell Chevrolet Racing Collectables Club of America 94/0 249 Running
24 - 10 Justin Marks Toyota Construct Corps 91/0 249 Running
25 - 33 Kelly Bires Chevrolet Copart 88/0 235 Running
26 - 32 Brian Ickler Toyota Dollar General 85/0 234 In Pit
27 - 26 Kevin Conway Chevrolet Extenze 82/0 215 Running
28 - 27 Jason Keller Ford Cottonelle 79/0 207 Out of Race
29 - 0 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Saxon Group 76/0 206 In Pit
30 - 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 73/0 163 Running
31 - 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 70/0 152 In Pit
32 - 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 67/0 89 In Pit
33 - 05 Mark Day Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 64/0 86 In Pit
34 - 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 61/0 58 In Pit
35 - 87 Jeff Fuller Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 58/0 52 In Pit
36 - 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Corrie Stott Racing.com 55/0 38 In Pit
37 - 61 Kenny Hendrick Ford Specialty Racing 52/0 25 In Pit
38 - 47 Coleman Pressley Toyota Construction Jobs.com 49/0 15 In Pit
39 - 173 Chase Miller Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 46/0 8 In Pit
40 - 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 43/0 7 Running
41 - 91 Justin Hobgood Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 4 In Pit
42 - 07 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet SK Motorsports 37/0 4 In Pit
43 - 192 Willie Allen Dodge K Automotive Performance 34/0 3 In Pit

* Denotes Rookie

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