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Keselowski outruns Edwards for Nationwide win

Danica Patrick lapped 4 times
Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Defending race champion Brad Keselowski returns to Victory Lane after winning at what he calls his home track
Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR

There’s no place like home for Brad Keselowski.

The current NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader and Rochester Hills, Mich., native won the CARFAX 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday in dominating fashion.

He grabbed the lead on a late-race restart with only eight laps to go, then pulled away to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

With his win in 2009, Keselowski became the first driver in MIS history to win back-to-back Nationwide Series races at MIS.

“This one was even harder,” Keselowski said of the win. “We lost our clutch and ruined the burnout.”

It was the fourth Nationwide victory of the season and 10th of his career for Keselowski, who holds a dominant lead in the series points standings.

Edwards took second by inches over Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Justin Allgaier was fourth in a second Penske Dodge, while Edwards’ teammate Paul Menard was fifth.

Danica Patrick finished 27th in her first appearance at MIS since 2007, 4 laps off the pace.  See related story for how bad she was.

It was the second race for NASCAR's new Nationwide car, which made its debut at Daytona in July.

Keselowski dominated the first half of the race, but his clutch started to give near the race's halfway point, causing him to lose the lead.

Keselowski spent much of the race going side-to-side with his on-track rival, Edwards. Both drivers are on probation for an on-track incident at Gateway International Raceway in July.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 195/10 125 Running
2 14 60 Carl Edwards Ford Valvoline 175/5 125 Running
3 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 165/0 125 Running
4 7 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Verizon Wireless 165/5 125 Running
5 11 98 Paul Menard Ford Richmond Water Heaters / Menards 160/5 125 Running
6 9 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 150/0 125 Running
7 23 88 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet GT Vodka 151/5 125 Running
8 13 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota Dollar General 142/0 125 Running
9 3 16 Colin Braun * Ford Con-way Freight 143/5 125 Running
10 15 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 134/0 125 Running
11 8 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Out! Pet Care 130/0 125 Running
12 2 100 Ryan Truex Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 127/0 125 Running
13 6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford Roush Fenway Racing 124/0 125 Running
14 19 10 Tayler Malsam Toyota Iron Horse Jeans 121/0 125 Running
15 12 11 Brian Scott * Toyota AccuDoc Solutions 118/0 125 Running
16 17 15 Michael Annett Toyota Germain.com 115/0 125 Running
17 21 09 John Wes Townley Ford Zaxby's 112/0 125 Running
18 22 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 109/0 125 Running
19 34 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Westerman Companies 106/0 125 Running
20 26 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet G&K Services 103/0 125 Running
21 18 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet HostGator.com 100/0 123 Running
22 30 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 97/0 123 Running
23 25 35 Jason Keller Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 94/0 123 Running
24 37 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 91/0 123 Running
25 29 104 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Boudreaux's Butt Paste 88/0 123 Running
26 28 49 Mark Green Chevrolet FX Network "Sons of Anarchy" 85/0 123 Running
27 33 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet Hot Wheels / GoDaddy.com 82/0 121 Running
28 38 81 Michael McDowell Dodge MacDonald Motorsports 79/0 121 Running
29 42 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Federated Auto Parts 76/0 121 Running
30 39 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty Odorblock / Kroger 73/0 121 Running
31 31 168 Carl Long Chevrolet Fleur-de-lis Construction 70/0 119 Running
32 16 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota South Point Hotel & Casino 67/0 116 Unknown
33 41 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet R3 Motorsports 64/0 112 Accident
34 4 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips / Old Navy 66/5 71 Fuel Pump
35 35 43 Chase Austin Dodge Forgotten Harvest Million Meal Challenge / Walgreens 58/0 59 Engine
36 5 1 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 55/0 43 Accident
37 40 21 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 52/0 20 Vibration
38 20 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 49/0 10 Vibration
39 32 73 Derrike Cope Dodge Odyssey Extreme Batteries 46/0 10 Ignition
40 36 27 Josh Wise Ford Baker Curb Racing 43/0 4 Transmission
41 43 107 Danny Efland Chevrolet Danny Efland Racing 40/0 3 Engine
42 27 156 Kevin Lepage Toyota RaceDaySponsor.com 37/0 2 Electrical
43 24 05 Willie Allen Chevrolet Owens Corning / Cash America 34/0 2 Transmission

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