Keselowski wins at Kentucky

Brad Keselowski won the 13th Annual Feed The Children 300, his 22nd victory in 197 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2013.  Elliott Sadler, Matt Crafton, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5.

Austin Dillon started on the pole for the fifth time this year. He lead the first 18 laps until Busch got up to the bumper of Dillon and took the top spot . By lap 41, Busch lapped all the way up to Brian Scott who was running 19th.

Green flag pit stops occurred on lap 50 with Dillon and Busch coming in giving the lead to Hornish Jr. Right when the leaders were in the middle of green flag stops, caution waved when the 87 of Joe Nemechek. He went to the garage. Crafton, Trevor Bayne, Travis Pastrana, Busch, Michael Annett, and Kevin Swindell were the only cars on the lead lap and everybody except for Busch, did not pit . Annett was too fast exiting and will go to the back of the line for the restart.

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They restarted on lap 60 and Busch continued to lead with Crafton and Bayne battling for third with Hornish. Bayne fell all the way down to 8th with Keselowski moving up to 3rd. Keselowski moved up to 2nd and by Lap 90, he was up to the bumper of Busch and was battling for the lead. He got to his door and looked like he was going to make the pass but he got loose and gave the position back to the 54. They got to some lap traffic and that made the 22 get up to the back bumper of the 54 again and was battling for the lead in 3 and 4. Right at the halfway point, Keselowski took the lead and took off! He had a 0.724 second lead over Busch after passing him one lap before halfway. Pastrana also had a nice night as he started second and was sixth with 97 to go.

Regan Smith came into to pit to start green flag pit stops and had to come back to pit road. He told his crew chief that he was afraid something broke on the car. Something did break and he had to go to the garage. Keselowski came in with 87 laps to go along with Crafton and was very happy with his car. Crafton ran out of fuel coming to pit road so he had a fairly long stop. Keselowski is in the lead, but not backing down. He’s in the middle of a three-wide group with Swindell and Parker Kligerman. Swindell is now a lap down. Right when the #7 of Smith came back from the garage area, the caution flag waved for debris on the backstretch. All of the leaders stayed out since just coming into to pit road little bit ago.

They went back to green with 72 to go with Keselowski leading the field to the green. Sadler and Dillon got passed Busch but Busch passed Dillon right back.  Caution came out right then with the #5 of Brad Sweet spinning coming onto the backstretch to cause the caution.

They went back to green with 54 laps to go and Busch was on a mission. Keselowski was in the lead easily with Dillon and Sadler, Busch and Hornish battling for position. couple laps later, the caution waved for #74 of Carl Long spinning on the front stretch. Everybody came in and everybody chose something different. Crafton took no tires, Sadler took two tires and will restart 2nd. Busch will restart 13th. Busch would make up 5 spots within three laps and Keselowski would pass Sadler for the lead.

Caution came out with 36 laps to go for Rain and Keselowski was in the lead. It looked like it was going to go back to green but it was called.

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