Brad Keselowski wins inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indy.
Brad Keselowski made history on Saturday, July 28, as he was victorious in the Indiana 250, the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The win for the driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger was his second straight Nationwide win, and third on the season. The victory also marks the 100th in NASCAR competition for team owner Roger Penske.
"This was just a special day," said Keselowski. "The Brickyard means so much to all of us as race car drivers and to the sport in general. It transcends three different forms of auto racing: whether it's IndyCar in the United States, F1 and their history here and then obviously with stock cars from 1994 on. It transcends into a special place to race. I'm glad to be some small part of that, winning the inaugural Nationwide race here."
Keselowski started eighth in his SRT-engineered Challenger, and led twice for 33 laps to score the win over his Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. Keselowski took the lead from Hornish on Lap 71, and would pace the final 29 circuits of the 100-lap/250-mile contest.
"It was a great day full of some challenges, for sure," said Keselowski. "Trying to beat Kyle Busch was going to be very tough on our own with speed, but our team persevered on pit road. We had an excellent pit stop that beat him off pit road and gave us an opportunity to capitalize. And then in traffic, it came down to me making the right moves and catching the right breaks. We were able to capitalize and I think that's what great teams do."
The victory marked the third time in the last three years that Penske Racing has swept the top two positions in a Nationwide Series race. Keselowski now has 20 career NASCAR Nationwide Series wins, with 15 of those coming in the No. 22 machine. He has 10 top-10 finishes in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts this season, with eight of those being top-five performances.
Hornish remains fourth in the series standings, 28 markers out of the lead, as he chases his first title.