Keselowski snares Nationwide victory

DOVER, Del. — Brad Keselowski raced to his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season Saturday, taking the lead during a restart with two laps left at Dover International Speedway.

Las Vegas native Kyle Busch led most of the second half of race and appeared on the way to his third win of the season. But he seemed to have tire trouble off the restart that came after the caution with seven laps left. Busch also was nudged from behind by Joey Logano, and both cars went up the track, giving Keselowski space to pass.

Keselowski’s victory perhaps took away some of the sting of failing to qualify for today’s Cup race.

He led only one lap in his first career Cup win at Talladega in April, giving him three laps led total in his two NASCAR victories this season.

“We caught a break,” Keselowski said.

Logano was second on the first anniversary of his Nationwide debut. He took the blame for pushing Busch too hard.

“I was trying to stay right up on him,” he said. “I was going to stay with him through the first corner. I got right up on his bumper. I got in the back of him. Completely my fault.”

Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.

Busch ended up 17th after leading the most laps for the fifth straight race. He has only one win over that span.

Fourth-generation driver Jeffrey Earnhardt failed to qualify for what he was hoping would be his debut race in the Nationwide Series. He was the lone driver who did not crack the 43-car field.

• IRL — At West Allis, Wis., Helio Castroneves spent the past few days celebrating his third Indianapolis 500 win and talking about his next challenge — hanging onto the momentum from Indy and going after his first IndyCar Series championship.

The concrete wall in turn two at the Milwaukee Mile took the edge off the celebration and made things a little more difficult for the Penske Racing driver, who hit the barrier during qualifying for the A.J. Foyt 225 and will start last on the 20-car grid.

Teammate Ryan Briscoe, whose victory here a year ago put his open-wheel career into high gear, had no problems. His four-lap average of 168.394 mph gave the Australian driver his fifth career pole and first of 2009.

• NASCAR TRUCKS — At Dover, Del., Brian Scott wondered if one of his tires would be next to blow on the concrete.

They all stayed intact, and Scott won the Camping World Trucks race at Dover International Speedway for his first career victory in any NASCAR series.

Scott survived the tire woes that derailed the efforts of series points leader Ron Hornaday Jr. and Kyle Busch. Busch had his shot at a win in the Nationwide Series race earlier in the day blown because of tire issues. He was running up front in the nightcap when he felt a vibration in the rear of his truck and smacked the wall with 17 laps remaining. Busch led 133 of the 200 laps, yet finished ninth.

Dennis Setzer had a season-best second-place finish in the caution-filled race pushed back to Saturday because of rain Friday. The 10 cautions were one shy of the Dover trucks record.

David Starr was third, followed by Jason White and Johnny Sauter.

• NHRA — At Topeka, Kan., Antron Brown held the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel qualifying at the NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Brown’s run of 3.841 seconds at 315.71 mph on Friday was enough to maintain the top position.

Ashley Force Hood (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also took the provisional top spots in their categories at the ninth of 24 events on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

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