Keselowski Wins on Iowa Speedway
Brad Keselowski had a great Saturday that saw him grab his second win of the 2009 Nationwide Series season by taking the victory in the inaugural Nationwide Series competition on the Iowa Speedway outside of Newton, Iowa. This victory also provides Keselowski with an extra $75,000 through the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash program, which honors full-time Nationwide Series racers who are able to take the victory in selected races, with this race on the Iowa Speedway being one of the four included. The extra cash will certainly put a smile on his face and it’s a nice accomplishment for a racer who runs full-time in the Nationwide Series and part time in the Sprint Cup Series.
Brad Keselowski was steady and calm behind the wheel of his No. 88 Chevrolet until there were only eight laps left in the competition. He made his move on the outside, passing Kyle Busch in a sprint to the corner and then went on to take the win in this first race on the pavement of the Iowa Speedway. Just a few laps before Keselowski passed Busch, while under the tenth caution of the race, Busch decided to pit for some new rubber while Keselowski decided to stay on the track and try to win with the fuel and rubber he had. The choice turned out to be the right on as his rubber was already hot and he was able to manage the fuel he had left and take the victory.
Kyle Busch hates to finish second and he was noticeably upset coming second which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the team and their future. In his defense he has been racing an awful lot lately; in fact he spent the morning before this race practicing for the Sprint Cup race that ran on Sunday at Pocono. With this win Kyle Busch did tied a record that has first set in 1983 by legendary racer Jack Ingram by finishing in the top two in a series race for the ninth consecutive time.
Jason Leffler had a strong race and finished third, Carl Edwards fell a little farther behind Kyle Busch in the standings despite finishing fourth, while Kelly Bires grabbed fifth. Jason Keller had a good race and finished sixth, Kenny Wallace ran strong to take seventh, Michael McDowell took eighty, and Scott Lagasse Jr. was ninth, while the top ten was completed by Stephen Leicht.
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