Brad Keselowski Wins NNS at Richmond
Brad Keselowski won at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night, but not without some controversy. It appeared that Keselowski restarted before the zone on the final restart, however NASCAR ruled the restart to be good. Brian Scott was in second at the time seeking his first Nationwide Series victory and was seething after the race.
Scott led 240 of the 250 laps run. He spun the tires on the second to last restart and that allowed Keselowski to take the lead. On the final restart Keselowski had the inside lane and appeared to accelerate about a car-length ahead of the restart box. He took off and Scott dropped back to third before getting back by Regan Smith for second on the final lap. Scott said after that he didn't understand why the rules only sometimes applied.
Keselowski rallied back to the front from an earlier pit road mistake. The jack broke during one of his pit stops and that dropped him to outside the top 10. He was running in the top five before the mistake.
Matt Kenseth appeared to be the only car that could compete with Scott before Keselowski showed up late. But Kenseth was never able to get by Scott to take the lead and eventually exited the race early after contact with the wall. Kenseth tried multiple times to get by Scott, but just couldn't make a pass work. Then on a late restart his teammate Kyle Busch made it three wide going into turn one and that moved Kenseth way up the track which caused him to lose quite a few spots. Then on another restart he was on the outside when Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier went four wide into turn three. Allgaier and Dillon made contact. The contact shot Dillon into Kenseth who then slammed the fence. Kenseth finished 35th.
Sam Hornish Jr.