Keselowski Wins Carfax 250

August 16, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
Filed under Racing

Just stay close and you’ll get your chance must have been what hometown boy Brad Keselowski was thinking as he stayed close to the pitch battle occurring between Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch below his car. He stayed out of the way of these dueling racers and when he chance appeared on the last lap he put his foot down and passed the pair using the outside line to take the victory in Saturday’s Carfax 250 Nationwide Series event ahead of two surprised gentlemen-racers. This intelligent-win is an excellent example of using your head on a race track instead of your brawn to be the one who laughs last.

Brad Keselowski wins the Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway

Brad Keselowski wins the Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway

Vickers was ahead of Busch as the two went into Turn 3 on second-to-last-lap of the competition and slipped in just ahead of Kyle. Busch went to the inside of Vickers and was starting to pull ahead but Vickers side-drafted off of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota and was able to force him down onto the apron on the race track as the two were approaching Turn 4. Keselowski went high with momentum the other two had been losing during their battle as he went around Turn 4.  The three racers were stacked three-high on the track as they approached the white flag signaling the final lap, but Keselowski’s momentum pulled him out in front of the other two and into the lead. Keselowski’s momentum and intelligent driving allowed him to have enough extra speed to beat his closest two competitors to the line by just 0.199 seconds but it was more than enough on this day.

Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers were both pretty hot and their battle continued on after the race but hopefully it’s nothing personal between these two fiery competitors. Kyle was probably just blowing off steam after he not only didn’t beat Vickers to the line but ended up in third after Keselowski’s brilliant display of intelligent racing. Busch still leads the series rankings by 339 points over Carl Edwards, so I expect him to cool off and just go back to racing.

This win is the third of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series for Keselowski and he must be on cloud nine after winning in front of his home fans. Is there anything sweeter for a sports athlete than feeling the joy of winning in front of his friends, family and hometown fans?

David Ragan finished fourth in the Carfax 250, just ahead of Kevin Harvick in fifth, Ryan Newman in sixth and Justin Allgaier in seventh. Greg Biffle finished eighth; Jeff Burton had problems handling his car and finished ninth, while Paul Menard rounded out the top ten.

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