Brad Keselowski is Come Back Kid in NASCAR Nationwide Race at Dover

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2009

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 26: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #88 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway on September 26, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Brad Keselowsi had an eventful run in the Dover 200 Nationwide race at the Monster Mile.  Keselowski was able to bring his No. 88 Jr. Motorsports GoDaddy Chevrolet home in the third place at Dover International Speedway.

Keselowski qualified for the race in the 12th position, with a time of 23.997 seconds and a speed of 150.019 mph.  The Coors Light Pole Winner was Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 NOS Toyota, with a lap of 23.360 seconds and a speed of 154.110 mph.

When the green flag flew to start the race under threatening skies, Keselowski looked to have a strong run.  The race stayed green and Keselowski continued to move forward.

When it was time to finally pit under green, Keselowski came down pit road to the attention of his crew for a quick stop.  Unfortunately, Keselowski made a mental error, sped on pit road and had to serve a pass through penalty.

"We got that long green flag run and then I just sped down pit road," said Keselowski.  "It was a mental error.  My fault."

The penalty put Keselowski down a lap.  But after another caution, Keselowski took advantage of the wave around to get himself back in sync with the field.

Keselowski continued to claw his way forward, passing one car at a time.  But the skies remained threatening and rain drops started to spritz.

When the caution flew again, Keselowski had worked his way back up almost to the top ten.  But Tony Eury, Sr., or "Pops" as he is known made a gutsy call and brought his young driver back down to pit road for four fresh tires.

That gave Keselowski just the boost he needed.  He continued his march forward and cracked the top five in the running order.

That's when Keselowski's race really got eventful.  As he approached Denny Hamlin to make the pass, the two tangled with Hamlin getting the worst of it.

Keselowski was able to finish the race to claim a third place victory.  Hamlin, on the other hand, finished in the 27th position.

Keselowski and Hamlin then had another confrontation on pit road.  There was a bit of pushing and shoving and some harsh words between the two of them.

In the media center, Keselowski responded to the incident, saying that he was "just there" and that he had given Hamlin room before and expected the same in return.

"He didn't," Keselowski said.  "And I just stood my ground."

"I'm not going to be pushed around whether it's Denny Hamlin or whoever it is."

In spite of the controversy and acknowledging that he was in a bit of a "lame duck" situation with JR Motorsports, Keselowski paid tribute to his team. 

"I'm proud of everyone at JR Motorsports," Keselowski said.  "They are still giving me great equipment and they will continue to do that through the end of this year."


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