Brad Keselowski storms to New Hampshire NNS victory.
Brad Keselowski dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, qualifying on the pole then holding the point for 131 of 200 laps on his way to Victory Lane. It was the Dodge drivers second win of the Nationwide season and it came down to a late-race showdown.
"Kevin (Harvick) raced me hard," said Keselowski. "He's a lot of fun to race with. I caught a little bit of a break in lapped traffic. That's the way it goes. I think he made contact with the 24 (Amber Cope). It looked like, at least from my view, and it just slowed down his momentum. You know, from there it's just a matter of trying to capitalize on it and the move I made capitalized on it. That's as short and sweet as I can be. It's just lapped traffic and the battles that come with it."
Keselowski started from the pole and held the lead three different times until late. He passed Kevin Harvick to regain the lead for the fourth and final time with 22 laps remaining as the two battled through lapped traffic. After the final pass, Keselowski guided the No. 22 Snap-on Dodge Challenger to a final margin of victory of .717 seconds.
The win was Keselowski's 19th in 182 Nationwide races. It was his first win in five starts at NHMS. His pole-qualifying effort was his third consecutive pole at the 1.058-mile track. Teammate Sam Hornish Jr. finished fourth in the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger, his fourth top-five finish of the 2012 season. He remains fourth in the season standings, 32 points behind the leader.
"We were really good on the short runs, but we weren't good enough the longer the runs went," Hornish said. "We were way too tight in the center of the corner and weren't able to get off the corner like we needed to. I'm real proud of the guys at Penske Racing, from the guys on the road crew here to the guys that put the cars together. They've built us some real good cars with real good reliability as well. It was a good finish for the Alliance Truck Parts Dodge."