After a late caution turned a runaway into a challenge for Brad Keselowski, a late four-tire call proved decisive, as Keselowski stormed to the front from fourth place during a green-white-checkered finish to win Friday night’s Bubba Burger 250 Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
Keselowski, who led 189 of 252 laps, had an advantage of almost two seconds when Paul Menard slammed the turn two wall on lap 245 of a scheduled 250 laps at the .75-mile short track.
“I’m coming,” Keselowski radioed to crew chief Paul Wolfe, steering his car toward pit road for a four-tire stop.
Kyle Busch and Justin Allgaier stayed out on old tires, while Jamie McMurray and Greg Biffle each took two. Busch led the field to green on lap 251 with Allgaier beside him, McMurray on the inside of the second row and Keselowski alongside in fourth.
Biffle surged forward from the fifth spot, and by the time the cars reached turn three on the next-to-last lap, Keselowski and Biffle had separated themselves from the pack. A lap later, Keselowski passed to the inside and ultimately crossed the finish line .261 seconds ahead of Biffle.
McMurray finished third, Busch fourth and Carl Edwards fifth. Keselowski extended his series lead to 59 points over seventh-place finisher Kevin Harvick.
The victory was Keselowski’s second in as many weeks to go with last Sunday’s victory at Talladega Superspeedway
Top 10 points leaders after 9 of 35: 1. Keselowski-1,469, 2. Harvick-1,410, 3. Kyle Busch-1,385, 4. Allgaier-1,289, 5. Edwards-1,266, 6. Logano-1,228, 7. Menard-1,191, 8. Biffle-1,039, 9. Gaughan-976, 10. Scott-955.
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