The Nationwide Series took to the short track of Richmond on Friday night and with Carl Edwards up in the booth calling the race for the TV broadcast; it was pretty entertaining on all fronts.
Brad Keselowski started on the pole and three of the top five starters were full time Sprint Cup drivers. Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick all started towards the front of the field and stayed there throughout the entire night. Point’s leader Sam Hornish Jr started third and Kenny Wallace rounded out the top 5 starters.
Kyle Busch was leading with just over 20 laps to go and it looked like it was going to be win number 5 for the No. 54 until Keselowski made the pass for the lead with 10 to go and took the checkers to Victory Lane. Harvick and Busch finished close behind.
Brian Vickers was the highest finishing Nationwide Series regular when he came in fourth followed by Regan Smith coming home fifth. Elliott Sadler drove home with a sixth place finish with Sam Hornish Jr, Kyle Larson, Travis Pastrana, and Reed Sorenson rounding out the top 10.
The first caution of the race flew on lap 27 when Dexter Stacy hit the wall. By then, there had already been four different leaders at the front of the pack. Stacy’s wreck caused a five minute red flag due to the amount of oil on the track.
Hornish took the lead on the restart but was eventually taken over by Elliott Sadler on lap 89. He would lead until the lap 101 when Alex Bowman blew a right front tire and hit the outside wall. Bowman would continue and finish 27th.
Harvick and Sadler started up front on the restart and Harvick got a jump and took the lead. Laps 145 and 152 saw cautions for Kenny Wallace and Juan Carlos Blum and on the lap 158 restart Keselowski fought past Kevin Harvick and got his first lead since the beginning of the night.
Harvick would take the lead back on lap 169 and continued to lead the pack until a lap 190 spin by Tanner Berryhill caused yet another caution. The final laps of the race were nothing but yellow after yellow, one even involving three Championship contenders, Austin Dillon, Brian Scott and Justin Allgaier.
On the lap 220 restart, Keselowski and Harvick were battling for P1 with Busch lurking in P3. Busch overtook them both on lap 225 and would continue to lead until a caution by Kenny Wallace would bunch the field up once again. Busch took the lead on the restart but Keselowski shot past him on lap 240 and went on to win the race.
Hornish still leads the point’s standings by one with Regan Smith nipping at his heels. Brian Scott, Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler finish out the top 5 in points standing. The Nationwide Series will be back on track this weekend at Talladega Super Speedway.