• Keselowski wins Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway

    July 31, 2011 No comments

    Brad Keselowski didn’t have the dominate car during the Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children but he was able to be in the right place at the right time at took his first win in the Nationwide Series at Lucas Oil Raceway. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led 189 of the 204 laps but a string of late race cautions bunched the field together and let Keselowski get up to the leaders for a late charge.

    Keselowski took the for the lead for the final time on the 198th lap and was even able to survive a green white checker finish with James Buescher coming in second place in the event. This was the second Nationwide win of the year for Keselowki and the 14th of his career.

    “I feel lucky to come away with the win especially because he had the car to beat and he has a lot of wins in front of him, he had a strong car and a heck of a driver,” said Keselowski following the win. “You got to race hard when it counts and at the end it counts and just trying to keep the car in one piece for the majority of the race and at the end its money time and you just got to dig and find a way and we had a great short run car and we capitalized on it.”

    For Stenhouse, the third place finish is a bitter pill to swallow as he was going for the second win of the season and the second in his young NASCAR career.

    “We were a little too tight on those restarts and didn’t know how it was going to be on old tires,” we were dominating all day long but you can’t say we were dominating if you don’t win the race,” he said following the event. “We had a great race car and had a lot of fun leading a lot of laps. Just wish we could have kept it together at the end.”

    Brad Keselowski didn’t have the dominate car during the Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children but he was able to be in the right place at the right time at took his first win in the Nationwide Series at Lucas Oil Raceway. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led 189 of the 204 laps but a string of late race cautions bunched the field together and let Keselowski get up to the leaders for a late charge.

    Keselowski took the for the lead for the final time on the 198th lap and was even able to survive a green white checker finish with James Buescher coming in second place in the event. This was the second Nationwide win of the year for Keselowki and the 14th of his career.

    “I feel lucky to come away with the win especially because he had the car to beat and he has a lot of wins in front of him, he had a strong car and a heck of a driver,” said Keselowski following the win. “You got to race hard when it counts and at the end it counts and just trying to keep the car in one piece for the majority of the race and at the end its money time and you just got to dig and find a way and we had a great short run car and we capitalized on it.”

    For Stenhouse, the third place finish is a bitter pill to swallow as he was going for the second win of the season and the second in his young NASCAR career.

    “We were a little too tight on those restarts and didn’t know how it was going to be on old tires,” we were dominating all day long but you can’t say we were dominating if you don’t win the race,” he said following the event. “We had a great race car and had a lot of fun leading a lot of laps. Just wish we could have kept it together at the end.”

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