Brian Scott dominated the first 239 of 250 laps on Friday night in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway and was poised to win his first career Nationwide race. But then on a restart with 11 laps to go Brad Keselowski got by Scott off Turn 2 and was in the lead when a caution came out.
Keselowski then jumped the restart with six laps to go according to Scott but was not penalized. Keselowski went onto win his fifth Nationwide Series race of the 2013 season and 25th of his career. Brian Scott made a last lap pass on Regan Smith to finish in a very disappointing second.
The 1,000th NASCAR Nationwide Series race in the series history started with Brian Scott on his second career pole in the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet. He set sail from the beginning and led over Sam Hornish Jr, Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Busch in the early going.
The first caution flew on lap 15 when Robert Richardson Jr spun out. The race restarted on lap 20 and Scott easily controlled the race. By lap 50 he led over Matt Kenseth who was the only driver able to keep pace. Sam Hornish Jr was third, Michael Annett fourth, and Brad Keselowski fifth.
The second caution then came out on lap 67 for debris. Brain Scott's crew got him off pit road first and Brian Vickers came off second but was penalized for speeding on pit road and had to restart as the last lead lap car in 25th. Moving up to second for the lap 74 restart was Kenseth, with Regan Smith third, Keselowski fourth, and Kyle Busch fifth.
By lap 100 Brian Scott continued to lead. Kenseth was second, Smith third, Keselowski fourth, and Jamie McMurray fifth.
The third caution came out on lap 133 with Scott still leading. Justin Allgaier was in a battle for 13th with Trevor Bayne and got loose. He spun up the track and backed into the outside wall slightly.
Again Scott's crew was up to the challenge and kept the No. 2 in the lead for the lap 139 restart. By lap 150 Scott led over Kenseth, McMurray, Busch, and Smith.
The fourth caution came out on lap 171 when Jamie Dick and Jeff Green made contact. Pit stops ensued and Brian Scott's crew had a flawless stop to keep him in the lead for the lap 180 restart. This time Kyle Busch forced Kenseth up the track in a battle for second and Kenseth dropped all the way to eighth place.
Scott looked like he was on cruise control to pick up his first career Nationwide Series win by leading every lap but then the fifth caution came out on lap 228 when Hal Martin got up into the outside wall. The final pit stops occurred and again Scott's crew was big time and got him off with the lead again.
Kyle Busch was second with Brad Keselowski third for the lap 234 restart. On that lap a four-wide battle ensued going into Turn 3 with Sam Hornish Jr, Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon, and Matt Kenseth all making contact. Kenseth was on the outside and was the only one who hit the outside wall. The contact ended his race and he wound up in 35th.
For the lap 239 restart Keselowski was now second on the outside of Brian Scott. Scott didn't get a great start and Keselowski hung with him into Turn 1 and off Turn 2 was able to pull ahead of the No. 2 car for the first time in the race. Right as he did the seventh caution flew when Landon Cassill got into Travis Pastrana and both cars spun out off Turn 2.
That set up the final restart with Keselowski in the lead on the bottom and Scott on the outside in second. Replays showed that Keselowski restarted before the designated line but NASCAR did not black flag him. Scott wasn't happy about it and questioned NASCAR's inconsistent calls. He was able to hang with Keselowski on the start and because of it and dropped to third behind Regan Smith.
On the final lap Scott worked past Smith in Turn 1 to get back to second but Keselowski was long gone and took the checkered flag for his fifth win in his last six Nationwide Series races.
Regan Smith was third, Kyle Busch fourth, Trevor Bayne fifth, Sam Hornish Jr sixth, Brian Vickers seventh, Elliott Sadler eighth, Ryan Reed ninth, and Jamie McMurray tenth. Justin Allgaier was 11th, Austin Dillon 12th, Michael Annett 13th, Kyle Larson 14th, Alex Bowman 15th, Ty Dillon 16th, Kenny Wallace 17th, Mike Bliss 18th, Johanna Long 19th, and Travis Pastrana 20th. Parker Kligerman had an electrical issue and retired on lap 210 with a 36th place finish.
Sam Hornish Jr leads the points by 14 over Austin Dillon after Richmond. Regan Smith is 24 points back in third, Elliott Sadler is 26 points back in fourth, and Justin Allgaier is fifth. Brian Vickers is sixth, Brian Scott seventh, Trevor Bayne eighth, Kyle Larson ninth, and Parker Kligerman tenth.
The next race up for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is the Dollar General 300 on Saturday, September 14th at Chicagoland Speedway.
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