Keselowski Saves Fuel To Win At Kentucky- Surprise?July 9, 2011 No Comments
You know you have had a great night when you are able to save enough fuel while holding a big lead, and do some trash-talking all at the same time.
There really wasn’t much competition for Brad Keselowski tonight, as he scored his first Nationwide victory of the year. Kevin Harvick was able to muster a second place finish (minus some end of the race drama), followed by Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, and Elliott Sadler.
Sadler was able to take over the NASCAR Nationwide Series Points after his fifth place finish tonight, knocking off Reed Sorenson.
Fuel mileage became the key to winning again tonight, as teams were forced to save fuel. Most race teams decided to pit with about 67 laps left, causing them to be five to six laps short on their fuel run. Several of the leaders were trying to save fuel over the closing 30 laps to make it to the finish without pitting. Keselowski even found enough time to “pick and poke” at second-place finisher Kevin Harvick.
Keselowski decided to make the time to tease with Harvick’s crew chief, David Hyder, saying he would pull up to move away from Harvick if Harvick gained on him.
It was not a great night for Hyder, as lack of communication sent Harvick over the roof. With Harvick running second to Keselowski and five laps remaining, Hyder told Harvick to pit the next time by. However, Mike Bliss slowed on the track apron, and Hyder anticipated NASCAR would call the caution, but that was not the case. Quickly, Hyder yelled over the headset “STAY OUT, STAY OUT”, as Harvick had already slowed his momentum to enter pit road. Harvick was able to stay on the track and eventually recover the momentum he had lost, but this caused Harvick’s temper to boil.
“He’s just got to make up his damn mind on his (pit) box,” Harvick said of Hyder. “It’s confusing to all of us. We just need to learn how to race better.”
Busch, winner of Thursday night’s Camping World Truck Series race, moved up through the field with smoothly after starting at the rear because of a crash in qualifying. Did I mention he did all of this with a back-up car?
First Caution- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had an apparent tire problem that caused him to slide across the track.
Second Caution- Rookie Will Kimmel lost control and slammed the wall between turns three and four. Sorenson was penalized during the pit stops that followed that caution flag when he left his pit with an adjustment wrench still attached to the side of his car.
The fourth caution appeared when series veteran Morgan Shepherd was hit by Charles Lewandoski, sending Shepherd’s car into the wall, ruining his hopes of racing that car next weekend. Soon after this incident, an emotional Shepherd showed just how much this sport means to him in an interview that won over many NASCAR fan’s hearts. Also, did I mention he would later be trending nationally on twitter?
Robert Richardson Jr. later spun, who earlier in the race was involved in a crash with Brian Scott, sparked the fifth caution.
Needless to say, Keselowski dominated this race, but there were plenty of story lines to go along with it. If Keselowski were able to be as productive in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as he has been in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, just imagine the following he would have! He could very well be similar to his “former” nemesis Carl Edwards!
Unofficial Results for the Feed The Children 300:
|1||5||22||Brad Keselowski||Dodge||Discount Tire||0||200||Running|
|2||6||33||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Rheem Heating, Cooling & Water Heating||0||200||Running|
|3||41||18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||NOS Energy Charged Citrus||0||200||Running|
|4||18||7||Kasey Kahne||Chevrolet||GoDaddy.com / Verisign||0||200||Running|
|5||1||2||Elliott Sadler||Chevrolet||OneMain Financial||40/1||200||Running|
|6||19||09||Kenny Wallace||Toyota||University of Northwestern Ohio||38/0||200||Running|
|7||21||62||Michael Annett||Toyota||Pilot Flying J||37/0||200||Running|
|8||2||60||Carl Edwards||Ford||Valvoline NextGen||0||200||Running|
|9||3||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||Blackwell Angus Beef||35/0||200||Running|
|12||13||87||Joe Nemechek||Toyota||DAB Constructors||33/1||200||Running|
|13||14||38||Jason Leffler||Chevrolet||Great Clips||31/0||200||Running|
|14||12||32||Mark Martin||Chevrolet||Dollar General||0||200||Running|
|15||7||11||Brian Scott||Toyota||Shore Lodge||29/0||200||Running|
|16||17||01||Mike Wallace||Chevrolet||Cowboys & Aliens||29/1||200||Running|
|18||26||164||David Reutimann||Toyota||Aspen Dental||0||200||Running|
|20||20||88||Aric Almirola||Chevrolet||Grand Touring Vodka||24/0||198||Running|
|21||9||66||Steve Wallace||Toyota||5-Hour Energy||23/0||198||Running|
|22||27||81||Blake Koch *||Dodge||Daystar.com||22/0||198||Running|
|23||23||70||David Stremme||Chevrolet||Keen Parts, Inc.||0||196||Running|
|24||16||19||Mike Bliss||Chevrolet||TriStar Motorsports||20/0||196||Running|
|25||22||28||Derrike Cope||Chevrolet||Becker Law Office / Maxelence||19/0||196||Running|
|26||34||15||Timmy Hill *||Ford||Lilly Trucking of Virginia||18/0||195||Running|
|27||32||14||Eric McClure||Chevrolet||Hefty BlackOut / Reynolds||17/0||194||Running|
|28||39||40||Charles Lewandoski *||Chevrolet||Key Motorsports||16/0||193||Running|
|29||35||52||Kevin Lepage||Chevrolet||Means Racing||15/0||193||Running|
|32||29||113||Jennifer Jo Cobb *||Dodge||TenForJen.com||12/0||169||Ignition|
|33||40||23||Robert Richardson Jr.||Chevrolet||North Texas Pipe||11/0||119||Accident|
|34||30||89||Morgan Shepherd||Chevrolet||Victory In Jesus||10/0||104||Accident|
|35||15||39||Will Kimmel III||Ford||Crosley Radio / Clarksville Schwinn Cyclery||9/0||62||Accident|
|36||28||103||Scott Riggs||Dodge||North Texas Pipe||0||20||Overheating|
|37||25||44||Jeff Green||Chevrolet||TriStar Motorsports||7/0||18||Vibration|
|38||36||142||Tim Andrews||Chevrolet||Key Motorsports||6/0||11||Transmission|
|39||37||175||Johnny Chapman||Chevrolet||Rick Ware Racing||5/0||10||Ignition|
|40||43||174||Mike Harmon||Chevrolet||IPT Pellet Grills / Riverwalk Cafe||4/0||7||Brakes|
|41||33||146||Chase Miller||Chevrolet||Key Motorsports||3/0||3||Ignition|
|43||31||49||Dennis Setzer||Chevrolet||Jay Robinson Inc.||1/0||2||Brakes|