Brad Keselowski had a dominant performance from start to finish to come through with a victory at the Sta-Green 200 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Ford Racing provided a look at the driver's showing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
Kyle Busch had a strong effort and led for 34 laps, but he just fell short of the lead and had to settle for second place. Matt Kenseth came through with a third-place finish to end a solid day.
Here is a look at the top finishers in New Hampshire, courtesy of NASCAR.com:
Keselowski entered the race in front after securing the pole with a last-second win in qualifying. He posted a lap of 130.304 mph to earn his spot, something he discussed with Fox Sports, via Chris Estrada of MotorSports Talk:
We just missed it by a little bit on our first run during the second [round], and it didn't seem like anything was going our way in the first [round]. We had someone spin out when we were running our lap, but the guys kept working on the car and gave me more opportunities, and we were able to capitalize at the end. I'm really proud of their effort.
However, it did not take long for Busch to take over the lead, according to the Nationwide account:
Ky Busch takes credit for leading the first lap. Keselowski is second and Larson third. #NASCAR— NASCAR Nationwide (@NASCAR_NNS) July 12, 2014
These two battled throughout the early part of the race without many other challengers:
Lap 39: Keselowski and Busch have had the strongest cars in the early going.— NASCAR on TSN (@NASCARonTSN) July 12, 2014
This did not change until after the halfway mark when a caution came out, allowing Kyle Larson to take over the lead, which he held for the next 11 laps. Unfortunately, this was a short-lived moment for the 21-year-old competitor.
Eventually, Keselowski moved back in front, with Busch sliding in behind him for second:
Chris Buescher then earned the lead for a short time for three laps, as he decided to stay out as others pitted, but eventually he fell back into the pack.
Keselowski cruised from this point on, topping 100 laps led like he has so many times before:
By the end of the day, he was able to come away with an easy win over Busch and Kenseth.
While the big names are looking to make an impact on the Sprint Cup Series standings, the Nationwide Series saw a bit of a shift in the overall standings, as you can see courtesy of NASCAR.com:
The NASCAR schedule will continue in New Hampshire with the Camping World RV Sales 301, with Keselowski and Busch challenging Jimmie Johnson and others.
Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series will continue on Saturday, July 19, for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
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