NASCAR: Keselowski Dominates Nationwide Race at The Glen
Saturday's Zippo 200 was all about Penske Racing domination, and it was Brad Keselowski who ended the day in Victory Lane.
The three Penske cars of Keselowski, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Joey Logano led a combined 73 of the days' 82 laps. Keseloski led three times for a race high 46 laps.
"You know they're going to be fast, and it's just a matter of getting through all the drama of the race weekend to try to preserve for a win, Keselowski said in Victory Lane. "We did that today."
Keselowski has now won the last four Nationwide Series races he has started in.
"It was a great day for the Penske organization, for sure -- a 1-2. We've done quite a bit lately, and one of these times we'll get turned around where I'm the leading end of it," Hornish, Jr. said afterwards.
There was the potential for a Penske 1-2-3 finish at The Glen, but Joey Logano lost the fuel mileage game and ended the day 21st.
Brian Vickers came home third, followed by Regan Smith and Vickers' Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Elliott Sadler in fifth.
Parker Kligerman had a successful road course debut, bringing his No. 77 Bandit Chippers Toyota home in sixth. The top ten, Kligerman's eighth of the season, helped him maintain his 10th place spot in points.
New father Justin Allgaier finished seventh in his Brandt Chevrolet. Allgaier and his wife, Ashley, welcomed their first child, Harper Grace, on Thursday. Cole White ended his day in eighth, collecting his second top ten of the season.
Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top ten.
Points leader Austin Dillon was able to maintain his lead in series standings with a 12th place result at The Glen. Hornish, Jr. moved into second and sits just three points out of the lead. Regan Smith, who slipped to third in standings, is five points out.
Trouble found Kyle Busch in the first corner of the the first lap Saturday. Busch was sent spinning after trying to pass polesitter Sam Hornish, Jr., and looked to be in the clear until he was tagged by an oncoming Mike Wallace.
Busch, whose No. 54 sits atop the owners' points standings, returned to the track six laps down, but was able to rebound to a 24th place result.
Rookie Kyle Larson had a rough Watkins Glen debut, finishing 30th after a blown engine. It ends his top 15 finish streak at 12, and saw him fall two spots in points to the eighth position.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will once again be on a road course this coming weekend, this time at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Coverage of Saturday's Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 begins at 2:30 pm Eastern time on ESPN and MRN.
Thanks to NASCAR on ESPN, NASCAR.com, Racing Reference, USA Today and FOX News for the quotes, statistics and information used in this piece.