Brad Keselowski entered Saturday’s F.W. Webb NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the event’s two-time reigning pole sitter. Despite claiming the pole for two-straight years, though, he had never quite been able to seal the deal with a race win.
This time around, Keselowski, again, won the pole Saturday morning to make it three-straight. But this time was different. After starting the race up front on Saturday, he was up front again at the end to claim his first NNS win at NHMS.
Keselowski led the most laps, but Kevin Harvick took the lead away on a restart following a caution that came out with about 50 laps to go. Harvick looked to be on his way to the win, but Keselowski got sort of an inadvertent assist from the No. 24 of Amber Cope with about 22 laps to go.
“I caught a little bit of a break in traffic,” Keselowski said. “Sometimes it goes against you. Today it went for us.”
With Keselowski a second back, then-leader Harvick got caught behind Cope, who was several laps down. That broke his momentum and allowed Keselowski to power by, as if Harvick was sitting still.
“The No. 24, every time you come to her, she doesn’t know where she’s going,” Harvick said.
Keselowski led the rest of the way, en route to his win.
Harvick was relegated to a second-place finish.
Austin Dillon finished third, the highest of the four drivers vying for the first $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus of the year, to claim the New Hampshire bonus.
“That’s a lot of money, man,” Dillon said. “That’s awesome!”
The other three drivers eligible for the bonus at NHMS — Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler and Michaell Annett — finished fifth , seventh and 11th, respectively.
In addition to the extra $100,000, Dillon made himself eligible for another bonus to be handed out next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The other three Chicagoland Dash 4 Cash drivers, by vitue of being the three-highest finishing championship-eligible drivers besides Dillon at New Hampshire, are fourth-place finisher Sam Hornish Jr., Stenhouse and Sadler.
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