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SPARTA, Ky. — When you win a rain-shortened race, you can’t do a burnout — but Brad Keselowski certainly tried. After being declared the winner of Friday night’s Feed the Children 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway, 30 laps short of the scheduled finish, Keselowski did donuts on the frontstretch, minus the usual smoke because of the wet, slippery asphalt. The win was by no means a fluke, because as the race progressed, Keselowski’s car identified itself as the clear class of the field. He took the lead for good on Lap 156, seven laps before NASCAR called the final caution for rain. The victory was Keselowski’s second of the season and the 22nd of his career. “I didn’t want it to end this way, but we had a great car,” Keselowski said. “This is the type of car you get like once a year — if you’re lucky. In driving this car I felt like Jimmie Johnson. This is a rocket.” Elliott Sadler finished second, followed by Matt Crafton, who was making his Nationwide debut. Brian Vickers ran fourth, with Kyle Busch finishing fifth. A caution on Lap 141 for Carl Long’s spin in Turn 4 gave the lead-lap cars a chance to pit for enough fuel to finish the race, but varying tire strategies scrambled the field for a restart on Lap 146. Crafton, who took fuel only, led the field to green but quickly yielded to Sadler, who took right-side tires only on pit road. Eleven laps into the run, Keselowski, on four fresh tires, passed Sadler for the top spot. By then he had already put significant distance between his No. 22 Ford and the No. 54 Toyota of Busch, who lost 10 positions on pit road after sliding through his pit stall under the caution. On Lap 163, NASCAR threw the fifth caution of the race when a brief rain shower hit the track. After seven laps under caution, the rain intensified, and NASCAR ordered the cars to pit road and red-flagged the race after Lap 170 — 30 laps short of the scheduled finish — at 9:44 p.m. “I don’t want to win a rain race — I want to race!” Keselowski asserted under the stoppage. Keselowski didn’t get his wish, but he got the win. Notes: Series points leader Regan Smith had suspension issues and lost 18 laps in the garage during repairs. That gave Smith’s closest pursuers in the standings (Justin Allgaier, Sam Hornish Jr. and Vickers) a chance to narrow the gap Sadler, Vickers, polesitter Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson, the top finishing NNS regulars, qualified for the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash, which starts next week at Daytona. By Reid Spencer | NASCAR Wire Services Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Pts 1 19 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Ford 170 $83,975 Running 59 0 2 6 11 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Toyota 170 $61,400 Running 9 43 3 8 33 Matt Crafton Menards / Rheem Chevrolet 170 $49,150 Running 8 0 4 11 20 Brian Vickers Dollar General Toyota 170 $34,150 Running 0 40 5 5 54 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Toyota 170 $27,500 Running 74 0 6 1 3 Austin Dillon AdvoCare Chevrolet 170 $30,775 Running 18 39 7 21 32 Kyle Larson Clear Men Shampoo Chevrolet 170 $26,175 Running 0 37 8 18 30 Nelson Piquet Jr Worx Chevrolet 170 $23,975 Running 0 36 9 3 12 Sam Hornish Jr Penske Truck Rental Ford 170 $22,950 Running 1 36 10 10 99 Alex Bowman St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Toyota 170 $23,275 Running 0 34 11 17 98 Kevin Swindell Carroll Shelby Engines Ford 170 $16,200 Running 1 34 12 4 6 Trevor Bayne Cargill / HelpaHero.com Ford 170 $21,350 Running 0 32 13 7 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 170 $20,800 Running 0 31 14 16 5 Brad Sweet Great Clips Chevrolet 170 $20,250 Running 0 30 15 2 60 Travis Pastrana Roush Fenway Racing Ford 170 $21,200 Running 0 29 16 12 77 Parker Kligerman Camp Horsin Around Toyota 170 $19,800 Running 0 28 17 15 2 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Chevrolet 169 $19,675 Running 0 27 18 13 43 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers Ford 169 $19,525 Running 0 26 19 24 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota 169 $19,400 Running 0 25 20 20 70 Johanna Long Foretravel-WishForOurHeroes.org Chevrolet 168 $19,775 Running 0 24 21 27 1 Mike Wallace Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Chevrolet 168 $19,325 Running 0 23 22 28 40 Reed Sorenson E-Swisher.com Chevrolet 168 $19,025 Running 0 22 23 39 14 Eric McClure Hefty / Reynolds Toyota 167 $18,875 Running 0 21 24 29 24 Ken Butler 5 Star Toyota 167 $18,725 Running 0 20 25 38 51 Jeremy Clements US Petroleum Consultants Chevrolet 166 $19,075 Running 0 19 26 33 79 Bryan Silas Bell Trucks America, Inc.-Koma Unwind Ford 166 $18,475 Running 0 0 27 23 55 Jamie Dick VIVA Auto Group Chevrolet 165 $18,350 Running 0 17 28 35 74 Carl Long TBA Chevrolet 164 $18,225 Running 0 16 29 34 23 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Ford 164 $18,075 Running 0 15 30 14 7 Regan Smith Hellmann’s Centennial Chevrolet 153 $18,250 Running 0 14 31 9 44 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Toyota 107 $17,825 Transmission 0 13 32 32 52 Joey Gase Donate Life Chevrolet 90 $11,700 Engine 0 12 33 22 87 Joe Nemechek TBA Toyota 52 $17,590 Engine 0 11 34 30 0 Blake Koch DriveMW.com Toyota 16 $11,480 Brakes 0 10 35 40 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus Chevrolet 15 $11,359 Handling 0 9 36 25 4 Landon Cassill TBA Chevrolet 14 $16,555 Engine 0 8 37 31 46 J.J. Yeley Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 10 $10,520 Transmission 0 0 38 36 42 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 7 $10,486 Vibration 0 6 39 37 73 Derrike Cope Maxelence Chevrolet 3 $10,350 Rear Gear 0 5 40 26 10 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 3 $10,250 Vibration 0 4
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