For the second time in three months the NASCAR Nationwide series would be running at Nashville Superspeedway for the Federated Auto Parts 300.
Justin Allgaier earned the pole over Joe Gibbs Racing’s, Brad Coleman who is driving the No. 18. Point’s leader Brad Keselowski would have to work his way from 24th position after a disappointing qualifying lap.
The first caution of the day was for when Coleman Pressley spun, forcing Brian Ickler and Michael McDowell were also involved. Ickler actually suffered the worst of the damage that sent him to the garage.
On the restart Allgaier was able to pull away from the field and was setting a blistering pace early in the race. Behind him it was a winless Carl Edwards who was moving forward early in the race along with Keselowski who restarted 25th and by lap 30 he was in 13th.
With so many NNS only drivers a few veterans who are looking for full time rides were getting the chance to audition for potential rides.
One of those teams was Richard Childress Racing and the No. 21. They had Scott Riggs in the car this week.
As teams began green flags stops including leader Allgaier, Michael McDowell cut a tire and brought out the caution. This caught Allgaier and handful of other drivers down a lap. They would all take the wave around but would lose all their valuable track position.
For the drivers that did not pit already they hit pit road for adjustments, fuel and tires. Edwards was the leader at the caution but remained the leader coming off pit road. Keselowski who was working his way to the front would restart seventh, getting him closer to the front.
On lap 86, Jason Leffler suffered an engine problem and brought all the cars back to pit road with most taking two tires and for Allgaier he just took fuel on this stop. Edwards would maintain the lead.
On lap 107, Michael Annett and Scott Lagasse were battling when Annett got into Lagasse and sent him hard into the wall.
This brought the field onto pit road and another mixed bag of strategy, some took no tires others took two tires and many of the leaders took four tires.
Just a few laps later with Reed Sorenson leader, Scott Wimmer got loose just in front of Keselowski and backed hard into the wall. This brought out the caution out the leaders stayed out.
Keselowski took the lead from Sorenson on lap 126 but Sorenson got loose and bottle up Trevor Bayne and Allgaier. As they tried to straighten out Allgaier aggressively took it three wide and actually cut the left rear of Bayne.
A few laps later Bayne tire finally let go and he spun hard into the wall ending what was looking to be a promising night.
Teams got into a long green flag run when on lap 165 caution waved for debris on the racetrack. This brought all the teams down for what would be the final scheduled pit stop. Keselowski led them in and would maintain the lead on the restart.
Rusty Wallace Racing was having a strong run with both their cars running in the top 10. Brendan Gaughan and Steve Wallace were having their best runs of the season.
With 28 laps left in the race Brian Scott suffered a blown engine shrinking Keselowski’s lead and setting up a big call for the crew chiefs.
Keselowski, Edwards and Paul Menard stayed out while everyone else pitted. It was Keselowski was able to pull away from Edwards and go on for his third win of the year.
Hometown hero Willie Allen was held on the opening two laps of the race for unapproved adjustments. The team battled back from being as low as 39th to finish 15th. A very impressive run for this team and this driver.
The rest of the top 10 were Edwards, Paul Menards, Allgaier, Mike Bliss, Brad Coleman, Sorenson, Wallace, Riggs and Matt Dibenedetto.
Next the series heads to Kentucky Speedway next Saturday night at7:30 ET on ESPN2.