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Nationwide Series: Brad Keselowski Pushes Joey Logano off the Kentucky Throne

Melissa Bauer-Herzog@mbauerherzogCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2011

SPARTA, KY - JULY 08:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway on July 8, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo by Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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For the first time since Joey Logano took over Victory Lane at Kentucky Motor Speedway in the Nationwide series, another car got a glimpse of the checkered flag and trophy as Brad Keselowski won the Friday night race by 1.180 seconds over Kevin Harvick.

Joey Logano has won the Bluegrass Nationwide race every year since he jumped in the car in 2008 but finished 10th on July 8. However, while Logano has been the star of the track, Keselowski has been lurking in Logano' shadow and waiting for his chance to take over the limelight.

Keselowski finished third at the track the last two years and finished fourth in 2008. Surprisingly, this is the first win of the year for the reigning Nationwide Series champion, but his 13th win of his 156-race Nationwide career.

However, the Joe Gibbs Racing team still had a top-three night to brag about, even if they didn’t bring home the win.

While Joey Logano could only manage a 10th-place finish on Friday, his teammate Kyle Busch finished third, his fourth top-four in his last eight Nationwide races. Even more impressive was Busch’s run after starting at the back of the field in a backup car after crashing in qualifying.

But Logano’s dethroning wasn’t the only Kentucky Nationwide dethroning.

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Elliott Sadler earned his 13th top-10 finish of the season and took over the points lead from Reed Sorenson, adding an extra dose to the celebration for Kevin Harvick Inc., who scored second- and fifth-place finishes in the race.

While the Nationwide race was full of milestones for the drivers (including the 5,000th lap led in the series for Carl Edwards), all eyes are now turned to the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race tomorrow night.

Can the six Sprint Cup drivers that finished in the top 10 tonight repeat their performances, or will we see new faces on the top of the results and in Victory Lane tomorrow?

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