Brad Keselowski dominated the Zippo 200 at the Glen to beat out teammate Sam Hornish Jr to win Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International. It's Keselowski's fourth consecutive win in as many starts. It's also Keselowski's 24th career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory.
"I'm just thankful I didn't screw it up," Keselowski said in victory lane.
Finishing second in the event was Sam Hornish Jr, who was Keselowski's only real competition all day long. Brian Vickers finished third with Regan Smith coming home fourth and Elliott Sadler finished fifth. Finishing sixth was Parker Kligerman with Justin Allgaier in seventh, eighth was Cole Whitt with Nelson Piquet Jr ninth and Trevor Bayne coming home tenth.
The Zippo 200 at the Glen started with Sam Hornish Jr on the pole and Kyle Busch alongside. It didn't take long for the race to throw its first curve ball, when the field took the green and came into lap one Kyle Busch got loose and slid into the wall. Busch didn't hit the wall hard but was then clobbered by fellow driver Mike Wallace. The collision with Wallace put both cars behind the wall and caused the races' first caution of the day. Wallace was done for the day and finished 40th. Busch would continue eight laps later and would finish in the 24th position.
When the race restarted on lap five Sam Hornish Jr began to lead the field and started to pull away. Brad Keselowski would move to the second position shortly after and Hornish's lead was .38 seconds over Brad Keselowski. Two laps later Brad Keselowski passed Hornish in turn one and began to pull away from the field.
On lap 17 the races' second caution flag flew when Kenny Habul stopped on the track. Habul's problems were terminal and he finished 31st. Most of the leaders would pit as Hornish's team got him off pit road first. The top two cars stayed out which meant Parker Kligerman and Kasey Kahne led the field when the race restarted on lap 21.
It only took one lap for both Hornish and Keselowski to get back by Kasey Kahne for second and third. The two drivers began to chase down Kligerman for the lead. Two laps later Trevor Bayne spun and continued without bringing out a caution. On that same lap Joey Gase stopped on the track and caused the races' third caution.
On lap 30 Brad Keselowski led the field to green and began to pull away. By lap 40 Keselowski had stretched his lead to 1.4 seconds over his teammate Hornish. On lap 42 the races' fourth caution of the day flew when Kyle Larson blew up. Larson's transmission failed on his #32 Chevrolet and he finished 30th.
On lap 45 Brad Keselowski continued to dominate the race and he pulled away from the field. Andrew Ranger lost control of his Dodge coming out of the final corner. The race would continue. Ranger finished 25th. A round of green flag pit stops began on lap 51 with Keselowski and Hornish pitting. Regan Smith and Parker Kligerman would follow a lap later. On lap 55 only Joey Logano and Justin Allgaier hadn't stopped yet. The races' fifth caution of the day flew for debris in the inner loop. Allgaier would pit leaving Logano with the lead when the race restarted on lap 60.
Logano led when on lap 63 Kasey Kahne made an unscheduled stop for a flat tire. Kahne was running in the top ten, the pit stop hurt him and he would finish 18th. One lap later Keselowski and Hornish would pass Logano and the Penske Racing Fords were running first,second and third. From that point forward it was Keselowski's race to lose. He and Hornish began to pull away from rest of the field. Teammate Joey Logano was still running in the top five when he ran out of gas on lap 79. Keselowski pulled away from Hornish and took the checkered flag.
Other notables in the field included Brian Scott in 11th, Austin Dillon in 12th, Brendan Gaughan in 14th and Travis Pastrana in 15th. Joey Logano finished 23rd.
Austin Dillon held onto the points lead after Watkins Glen by three points over Sam Hornish Jr. Third in the standings is Regan Smith, who is seven points behind the leader. Fourth in the standings is Elliott Sadler who is 11 points behind. Fifth in the standings 18 points out of the lead is Brian Vickers. Justin Allgaier is sixth in the standings with Brian Scott seventh, Kyle Larson eighth, Trevor Bayne ninth and Parker Kligerman in tenth.
The next race on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is the Nationwide Children Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The race will start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday August 17th.
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