Feb 28, 2014; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski during practice for the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nationwide: Brad Keselowski Gets Dramatic Win At Las Vegas

The third race of the NASCAR Nationwide series season at Las Vegas delivered Brad Keselowski his first win at the 1.5 mile track. The race was dominated by the Sprint Cup drivers competing who alternated in the lead from the start to the finish.

When the green flag dropped, pole sitter Ty Dillon was initially able to pull away from the rest of the field for a few laps, but soon Keselowski got into the lead, stretching away from him. From that moment on the competition was restricted mainly to the Penske driver and Kyle Busch, who had been forced to start at the back of the field due to some post-qualifying adjustments that his car had undergone.

The two alternated the lead for most of the race, but the decisive moment came when the leader Busch chose the outside lane for the restart on lap 162: Keselowski went by him and conserved the leadership until the end, even if the concern of an electrical issue in the engine of his Ford Mustang kept him on his toes for the remaining laps. Kyle Larson, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Chase Elliott rounded up the top 5.

Another peculiarity of this race was the abundance of pit-road speeding penalties, that took many drivers like Ty Dillon who received two penalties, out of contention. Richard Childress’ grandson was caught speeding both during his normal green flag pit stop and during his drive through penalty. Dillon ended up 12th two laps down.

Chase Elliott was by far the best of the Nationwide series regulars, being able to always stay in contact with the leaders. The rookie was also able to instinctively avoid Matt Kenseth’s spinning car in what was probably the most exciting moment of the race.

The other promising rookie, Dylan Kwasniewski, had a tough afternoon and made contact with the wall more than once. He was also caught speeding on pit road and all this factors forced him to a finish outside the top 20, four laps down. This will probably be a bummer for him and his team, but he has surely learned some useful lessons that could help him throughout his career.

 

Tags: Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch NASCAR Nationwide Series

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