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
10 4 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 0 200 Running
11 10 16 Trevor Bayne Ford RickyVsTrevor.com 33/0 200 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
17 11 30 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Rexall 27/0 200 Running
18 26 164 David Reutimann Toyota Aspen Dental 0 200 Running
19 8 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 25/0 198 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
30 38 102 Jamie Dick Chevrolet VivaAutoGroup.com 0 193 Running
31 42 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet RaceDaySponsor.com 13/0 176 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
42 24 172 John Jackson Toyota CrashClaimsR.us 2/0 3 Electrical
43 31 49 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet Jay Robinson Inc. 1/0 2 Brakes
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