Keselowski wins milestone Nationwide race at Richmond

Noel Lanier Special to The Times

September 8, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. — It marked the 1000th NASCAR Nationwide Series race over many decades and series name changes.

Brian Scott wanted his name to be in the record book as the driver for this milestone event. During his first 133 series races, Scott had led just 38 laps. In Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway, he led 240.

However, it was Brad Keselowski who passed Scott with only 10 laps remaining to take the ride to Victory Lane. For Brad it was his fifth win this season — all in the last six starts.

“These Penske racing guys have had a heck of a plan for these cars and they’ve executed all year long, just great cars,” said Keselowski from Victory Lane.

It was Keselowski’s 25th career win but was not without some controversy.

Scott and some crew members complained to NASCAR that Keselowski jumped the start of the final two restarts of the race, the last with only six laps to go. But apparently it wasn’t seen that way by NASCAR officials and Keselowski’s win stands.

Regan Smith finished third, Kyle Busch was fourth and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five. Sam Hornish Jr., who finished sixth, retained a 16-point lead over Austin Dillon in the series standings with only eight races left.

Noel Lanier has been covering NASCAR since 1995 and provides NASCAR coverage for the S.C. Regional Newspaper Group of Civitas Media LLC. For more racing images, visit www.northbeachphotos.smugmug.com/