Keselowski Ends Busch's Streak
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on April 26, 2013 | 10:08 P.M. EST
Keselowski celebrates his 21st career win. (Photo: Getty Images)
RICHMOND, Va. - Brad Keselowski ended Kyle Busch's three-race winning streak in the NASCAR Nationwide Series by capturing the checkered flag in Friday night's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway, but the talk afterward was where Nelson Piquet Jr. kicked Brian Scott in a post-race scuffle.
Scott climbed from his car and approached Piquet on pit road after the race. Words were exchanged and they shoved each other before Piquet kicked Scott in the groin.
Scott said he approached Piquet because he was upset about how Piquet raced him late in the event.
“Unfortunately, we got caught up in that incident with 50 laps to go and we were trying to limp home," said Scott, who finished 20th. “(Piquet) decided he was going to move me...for 15th place. There’s no need. He could have easily passed me clean but we have a history. He doesn’t like me for whatever reason and he chose to move me and we got into the outside fence and did even more damage.
“More than anything it’s just an accumulation of a lot of racing together and him always racing me dirty. When I went to talk to him, he shoved me. I guess that just shows his character to hit somebody below the belt."
“I said, 'What’s your deal, why did you feel like moving me for 15th place?’ He proceeded to swear at me and push me back and kick me below the belt."
Said Piquet, who placed 14th: “We both just got frustrated with each other and, you know, things happened. We both got angry. One of those things. Both of us think we’re right and we’re both frustrated. it’s racing."
NASCAR officials met with both drivers after the race.
While that took place, Keselowski celebrated his first Nationwide victory of the season and 21st of his career.
He took the lead for good after Busch bobbled.
“Kyle’s back just slipped out a little bit and he had to correct it," Keselowski said. “He just lost enough speed for me to make the run.
“You just look for opportunity and when it comes you’ve got to strike. You’re probably only going to get one shot at it."
Kevin Harvick finished second, earning his third top-five finish in four series starts this season. Busch was third with Brian Vickers placing fourth and Regan Smith fifth.
Sam Hornish Jr. was seventh and leads Smith by one point in the series standings. Scott is third in the standings, 23 points behind Hornish.
Also, Travis Pastrana finished a career-high ninth. His previous best was a 10th-place finish at Daytona this season.
“Was that as much fun as jumping a bike?" car owner Jack Roush asked Pastrana after the race.
Said Pastrana: “That was awesome. I believe we can do it. I know we can make it in the sport."