Keselowski Takes Bristol Battle

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Brad Keselowski scored his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory Friday night picking up the checkered flag in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Keselowski had to come from the 37th-starting position to win his second career race. He was able to slip by Clint Bowyer, who bobbled in Turn 2 on lap 227, for the top spot on his way to scoring the win.

"We were dead equal, Clint and I. I need to catch a break and Clint gave it to us," Keselowski said. "We know to win this championship, we have to win races. This is what we have to do every week - run up front and have a shot to win races."

The win helped Keselowski's bid for the Nationwide Series title coupled with the troubles of Carl Edwards, who came into the weekend second in the standings behind Bowyer.

Keselowski is now second behind Bowyer by 122 points.

“It was good right up until whatever lap that was where I made a mistake,” Bowyer said of the slide. “It came out from underneath me there and I had to check up or I would have spun out.”

Since mid-season, Bowyer has had troubles in both his Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup efforts and Friday night was the latest example.

"It’s been a frustrating two months for me,” Bowyer said. “It’s good when you can be frustrated with second, but we did give one away today. When you look at it, it was obvious.”

Bowyer, Greg Biffle, polesitter Cale Gale and David Stremme rounded out the top five.

Scott Wimmer, Kyle Busch, David Reutimann, Brian Vickers and Steven Wallace completed the first ten finishers.

Edwards made contact with Elliott Sadler on lap 87 and crashed his Roush Fenway Racing Ford resulting in a 37th-place finish.

"We had some sort of failure with the right-front tire," said Edwards of the incident. "They (Goodyear) said that part of the bead melted and blew out. We did nothing different than we’ve done here in the past and it’s just real frustrating. I was just telling Elliott (Sadler) that I feel bad for those guys that they got caught up in it, but it was a total surprise. I was just driving along and the tire blew.”

Busch's bid for a second straight Bristol win after his truck series victory Wednesday night came up short when a pit road miscue for a missing lug nut took him out of contention for his 18th NASCAR win of the season.

The Nationwide Series now heads to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California next Saturday night, August 30th.

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