Brad Keselowski took the lead from Brian Scott on a restart with 11 laps to go in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday night and drove on to the win and pull his No. 22 team even farther out in front of the No. 54 team in the championship owner standings.
Brian Scott dominated the race, though, leading all but the final 11 laps led by Keselowski. With 239 laps led in the 250-lap race, Scott led more laps on Friday than he had in his entire Nationwide Series career, prior to Friday night’s race. Also, before Friday, he had never led on a short track.
Keselowski’s pass for the lead wasn’t without controversy. According to Scott, Keselowski jumped the next to last restart — the one on which he took the lead — and also the final restart of the race.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good restart, and Brad beat me to the line,” Scott said. “I haven’t been in the lead on a lot of restarts, so maybe I’m not clear when the rules don’t apply.”
After dropping back as low as third on the final restart that came out in the final 10 laps, Scott made his way back up to second by the end to take runner-up honors.
Keselowski, while stating that he did restart earlier than Scott had on previous restarts, was adamant that he restarted right inside the area in which restarts are allowable.
“Brian had been going deep in the box, so I knew that was going to be his tactic,” Keselowski said. “I went as soon as we got to the box.”
Matt Kenseth ran second to Scott for most of those 239 laps led, but lost the second position to Kyle Busch on a restart after moving up the track following a caution with about 78 laps to go. Kenseth lost several more positions soon after and never recovered. He wound up hitting the wall when he, Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier went four wide on a restart following a caution with 16 laps to go.
Regan Smith finished third and Busch and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top-five. Finishing sixth through 10th were Sam Hornish Jr, Brian Vickers, Elliott Sadler, Ryan Reed and Jamie McMurray. Kasey Kahne was originally scheduled to drive the No. 5, but he bowed out to, instead, focus all his efforts on getting into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. So McMurray filled in behind the wheel of the No. 5.
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