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06/08/08
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Keselowski Gets First Series Win In Nashville
After narrowly missing victories on multiple occasions this season, Brad Keselowski claimed his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win on Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway, taking the lead from points leader Clint Bowyer with five laps remaining in the Federated Auto Parts 300.

Keselowski led early in the event, staying on track on Lap 79 when then-leader Joey Logano led other lead-lap cars down pit road. That set the stage for the evening, putting Keselowski on a different pit strategy than most of the leaders. With his counterparts opting to make their final stop of the night with 77 laps remaining, Keselowski, under the guidance of crew chief Tony Eury Sr., made his final stop of the night 41 laps from the finish.

It initially appeared that David Reutimann would run away with the race (though he was pushing it on fuel mileage), but a caution flag fell with just 10 laps remaining after Brad Teague spun off of Turn 2. That bunched the field back up behind Reutimann for a restart on Lap 217 of 225.

On that restart, Reutimann was ambushed by Bowyer and Kyle Busch. Bowyer took the lead after contact with Reutimann but only temporarily, as Keselowski dropped his No. 88 Chevrolet to the inside of Bowyer's No. 2, taking the position.

"That's what we needed to catch back up to the 99 (Reutimann)," Keselowski said. "For some reason, David didn't go. I got behind him, took the air off of him and the next thing I knew I got by David and next was taking on Clint," Keselowski said.

"I feel like I paid some dues," he added after hoisting his first NASCAR Nationwide Series trophy, which came in the form of a Gibson Guitar.

"To catch that break like I did with Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. and this Navy Chevrolet, it vindicates it. I've got a team that just keeps getting better every week, and I keep getting better every week. I felt like this was just a matter of time."

As Keselowski drove towards the checkered flag, things got dicey behind him. Reutimann continued to get pushed around, as he dropped back to third as David Stremme slid into the second position.

Bowyer also had contact with Stremme, dropping him to fourth at the finish.

David Ragan closed out the top five finishers.

Reutimann, Bowyer, Ragan, Busch, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Jason Leffler all flew to Nashville to compete in Saturday's race after taking part in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Busch finished the second leg of his historic attempt at a “triple,” competing in his second national series race in as many days. Pocono represents the third and final segment.

Polesitter Logano led 64 laps in what marked his second series event. The early favorite to win, the 18-year-old was the victim of a four-wide race through Turn 4 on Lap 89. His No. 20 Toyota got clipped by Greg Biffle's Ford, sending him sideways into Busch's machine before shooting up track and into the outside wall. He ended the event 31st.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet U.S. Navy 190/5 225 Running
2 13 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 170/0 225 Running
3 14 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 170/5 225 Running
4 4 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 170/10 225 Running
5 21 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 155/0 225 Running
6 9 7 Mike Wallace Toyota GEICO 155/5 225 Running
7 7 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 151/5 225 Running
8 20 47 Kelly Bires Ford Clorox 142/0 225 Running
9 6 5 Landon Cassill * Chevrolet Nat'l Guard / 185th Theater Aviation Brigade 143/5 225 Running
10 15 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 134/0 225 Running
11 24 9 Chase Miller * Dodge Country Crock Spread 130/0 225 Running
12 3 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 127/0 225 Running
13 8 60 Carl Edwards Ford World Financial Group 124/0 225 Running
14 19 170 Mark Green Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 121/0 225 Running
15 25 111 Jason Keller Chevrolet Jason Aldean "Relentless" / America's Incredible Pizza Company 118/0 225 Running
16 29 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 115/0 225 Running
17 18 30 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet GrandStay.net 112/0 225 Running
18 22 37 Burney Lamar Ford Greg Biffle Foundation 109/0 224 Running
19 16 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford Kingsford Hickory Charcoal 111/5 223 Running
20 5 32 Kyle Busch Toyota Dollar General 103/0 222 Running
21 11 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 100/0 222 Running
22 17 40 Bryan Clauson * Dodge Fastenal 97/0 222 Running
23 31 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge Mahindra Tractors / NPPL 94/0 222 Running
24 37 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Victory In Jesus 91/0 221 Running
25 40 156 Travis Kittleson Chevrolet Bob Steele Chevrolet 88/0 220 Running
26 26 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 85/0 219 Running
27 33 52 Brad Teague Chevrolet Hilton Garden Inn 82/0 217 Running
28 41 24 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty 79/0 216 Running
29 36 161 Kevin Lepage Ford Cone Solvents 76/0 202 Running
30 28 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Smithfield 73/0 183 Accident
31 1 20 Joey Logano Toyota EA Sports NASCAR 09 / GameStop 75/5 183 Running
32 30 01 Kertus Davis Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 67/0 170 Engine
33 23 99 Josh Wise Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 64/0 154 Accident
34 12 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 61/0 143 Accident
35 10 27 Brad Coleman Ford Federated Car Care 58/0 88 Accident
36 34 149 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Jay Robinson Inc. 55/0 39 Accident
37 43 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 52/0 30 Transmission
38 27 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Stott Classic Racing 49/0 27 Handling
39 35 0 Danny Efland Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 46/0 23 Vibration
40 38 331 Kenny Hendrick Chevrolet GrandStay.net 43/0 21 Handling
41 32 91 Justin Hobgood Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 13 Rear End
42 39 36 Ruben Pardo Dodge Supercuts 37/0 2 Ignition
43 42 4 Shane Hall Chevrolet JVC Everio 34/0 1 Vibration

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