Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr., who just happened to be the two most recent NASCAR Nationwide Series race winners at Iowa Speedway heading into Saturday’s US Cellular 250 at the track, dominated the top spot in the running order throughout Saturday night’s race, combining to lead all but 39 of the 250 laps. Keselowski was the most dominant, leading 146 laps on his way his third win of the season and his second-career win at Iowa. Hornish wound up fourth.
“Great night for the Discount Tire Mustang. When Brad makes his trek across the country, the only mission is to win,” crew chief Jeremy Bullins said, noting Keselowski’s travel between Pocono Raceway and Iowa Speedway.
Michael McDowell finished second and Trevor Bayne was third. With the third-place finish, Bayne claimed the final $100,000 Nationwide Dash 4 Cash bonus of 2014.
“It’s really cool for our team,” Bayne said of winning the bonus. “This weekend we had speed. Sometimes we don’t know where it comes from. Some weeks we have speed; some weeks we don’t.”
The yellow flag waved for the fifth and final time in the race with eight laps remaining. With tires left on pit road, all lead lap cars pitted, but with several taking only two tires, Hornish went from second to seventh on pit road after taking four. up to that point, he and Keselowski ran one-two for much of the race.
“It was the chance that we had to go out and win,” Hornish said. “Maybe we would’ve done it with two.”
Keselowski retained his lead through the caution. McDowell restarted second as one of the drivers who took two.
“Our Pizza Ranch Camry was really strong,” McDowell said. “Took two tires on that stop there at the end, and the Pizza Ranch crew had a great stop.”
McDowell took the lead from Keselowski on the restart, but Keselowski got back up front before the lap was completed and remained up front for the remaining two laps.
Bayne started on the pole and led the first 31 laps before Keselowski took over up front on lap 32. He lost that lead to Elliott Sadler when Sadler, who pitted during the first caution that came out on lap 26, stayed out during the second yellow flag on lap 51.
Hornish took the lead from Sadler on lap 61, only to lose the top spot to Keselowski a few laps later. Hornish got off pit road first to take the lead from Keselowski during a lap 108 caution and held the position until Keselowski retook it on lap 164 and then led all remaining laps.
Finishing fifth throough 10th were Ty Dillon, Regan Smith, Brian Scott, Chase Elliott, Dylan Kwasniewski, and Sadler. Finishing two positions ahead of Elliott, Smith closed to within two points of the championship points lead.