Brad Keselowski became the first-ever NASCAR Nationwide Series winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday when he took the checkered flag in the Indy 250. His Penske Racing teammate, Sam Hornish Jr., finished second to give the organization a one-two finish.
“Congratulations to everyone at Penske Racing — a one-two finish,” Keselowski’s crew chief Jeremy Bullins said after the race.
The win was also a milestone victory for car owner Roger Penske.
“This is the 100th win for Roger in NASCAR,” Keselowski said in victory lane.
Keselowski and the Penske Racing organization weren’t the only winners on Saturday. After a technicality put Michael Annett, not Kenny Wallace, into the four-driver Dash 4 Cash field at IMS, Annett finished sixth to be the highest among the four drivers going after the Indy bonus and to claim the $100,000 payout.
“We’re not kissing the bricks, but we got a big cardboard check to lay our lips on,” Annett said, referencing the Indy tradition of the race winner kissing the yard of bricks at the track’s start/finish line.
Kyle Busch dominated the first half of the race after taking the lead from pole sitter Kasey Kahne on lap one. He lost his lead during a competition caution on lap 15 and restarted fourth after his No. 54 crew made sure they got his car completely full of fuel.
By lap 28, though, Busch made his way back to the front to take the lead from Keselowski. Busch continued to dominate the race, but after taking four tires on a pit stop during a debris caution with 37 laps to go in the 100-lap race when others took only two, Busch restarted in the ninth spot.
Meanwhile, Hornish assumed the lead and was joined by Keselowski in second soon after the restart. Keselowski took the top spot away from his Penske teammate with 29 laps to go. By the time the next caution came out with 26 laps to go, Busch had worked his way back up to fourth, but he spun on the restart that followed, taking himself out of contention for the race win.
Keselowski restarted with the lead, with Elliott Sadler alongside in second. Sadler got out in front of Keselowski when the race went back to green but was black flagged by NASCAR for jumping the restart.
Sadler and his No. 2 team contended that Keselowski spun his tires and Sadler had gotten pushed by Austin Dillon, but it didn’t help. The black flag stood. Sadler headed down pit road to serve his pass-through penalty and wound up finishing the race 15th.
Ty Dillon finished third in his second-career series start, Denny Hamlin was fourth and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-five.
With their finishes in Indianapolis, the four drivers who’ll race for the Dash 4 Cash bonus next weekend at Iowa Speedway will be Annett, Hornish, Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished ninth.
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