NNS: Keselowski Spanks The Field at Iowa Once Again


NEWTON, Iowa — Brad Keselowski won Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway, leading 146 of the 250 laps en route to victory in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford.  For the second year in a row, Keselowski made the trek to Newton from the Sprint Cup Series weekend at Pocono Raceway.  For the second year in a row, he flies back for Sunday’s Cup race with the infamous gas pump trophy from Iowa Speedway.

Just how good has Keselowski been in a Nationwide car in 2014?  In seven starts, he has three victories and a ridiculous average finishing position of 1.7.  Keselowski also won the inaugural race at Iowa in 2009, and tonight’s victory ties him with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for the most victories at “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.”

[Related: US Cellular 250 at Iowa race results]

“These wins are not easy to come by.  I’m really just proud of the effort and hope we can keep this rolling and get the No. 22 car another Nationwide owner’s title,” Keselowski said after the race.

As was the case when the Nationwide Series came to Iowa in May, the No. 22 and the No. 54 cars were the class of the field early on.  In May, Ryan Blaney was behind the wheel of the Team Penske No. 22, and he finished second.  The story played out the same once again on Saturday night, but this time Keselowski bested Blaney’s finish and went to victory lane.

Michael McDowell brought the No. 20 Pizza Ranch Toyota home in the second position, giving Keselowski a great battle on a late race restart.  McDowell was given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing car, and he definiltey didn’t let it go to waste.  McDowell’s finish was his seventh top-10 in eight starts at Iowa, where he finished seventh earlier this season in his only other Nationwide start.

[Related: NNS drivers points standings following Iowa]

While a Sprint Cup driver once again won a Nationwide Series race, the race within the race was the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash program.  Trevor Bayne, by virtue of his third-place finish, bested the four eligible Nationwide Series regulars, winning the $100,000 bonus for himself and for lucky fan James Davis.  Ty Dillon (5th), Regan Smith (6th), and Brian Scott (7th) came up short, but luckily for them, they each won one of the three earlier races in the Dash 4 Cash program this season.

Sam Hornish, Jr, winner of the May race at Iowa Speedway, finished fourth.  Iowa native Landon Cassill had a strong showing and finished 13th.  Kenny Wallace, making his first Nationwide Series start since Chicagoland last September, finished in the 19th position.

The race was slowed by five cautions for 29 laps and featured eight lead changes among five different drivers.

The event at Iowa continued to tighten the championship battle, as Chase Elliott leads his JR Motorsports teammate by just two points as the series heads tothe  road course at Watkins Glen International.  Elliot Sadler and Ty Dillon are just 12 points behind.

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About Brian Eberly

Brian Eberly (@beberly18) is a Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Field Accounting at a transportation company, but when he isn’t at the office you can most likely find him at a racetrack, watching a race on television, or following the action on social media. Eberly became interested in NASCAR in the nineties when Jeff Gordon was dominating the scene, and became hooked when he attended his first race with his dad in 1999 at Michigan International Speedway. Eberly has been writing about NASCAR since 2012 for various websites. An Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate, Eberly travels throughout the Midwest covering racing events in multiple series. When not following racing, he can be found on the golf course (usually trying to find his golf ball) and following the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and of course the NIU Huskies.

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