Keselowski Class of the Field

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Keselowski led 152 of the 200 laps. (Photo: Getty Images)

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LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski was the fastest in both of Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup practices. He won the pole in the morning for the Nationwide race. Then, to complete the day, he dominated the Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“What a ... Saturday,’’ said Keselowski after leading 152 of the 200 laps.

Despite his dominance, he said the race was not as easy as it seemed.

“That was ... one of the most challenging races I’ve ever ran,’’ Keselowski said. “Knowing that you have Kyle Busch behind you and he’s just a tiny bit faster and you’ve got to fight through lapped cars. It seems like there was always something coming at us.’’

For all Busch tried, he couldn’t take the lead from Keselowski late and finished second.

“We got what we could,’’ Busch said. “We felt that we’d be a solid top-five car and should be a second-place car and that’s where we ended up. It would have been nice to win and steal a checkered flag.’’

Either one at the front is not surprising at New Hampshire. They’ve combined to win the last six series races at the 1-mile track with Busch scoring four wins and Keselowski two.

Matt Kenseth placed third with Kyle Larson fourth and rookie Chris Buescher fifth with the help of a fuel gamble.

“It was a very risky move that worked out really well,’’ Buescher said. “We lost a couple of those spots pretty quick but were able to hold on and maintain and actually picked up some speed being in better air and finding some other things with the car during our last adjustment. It is always a little nerve wracking but also a lot of fun.”

Points leader Regan Smith finished 10th but placed higher than Ryan Reed (11th), Ryan Sieg (18th) and Jeremy Clements (20th) to win the $100,000 Nationwide Dash 4 Cash bonus. The four drivers eligible for the bonus next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway are Buescher, Sadler, Scott and Smith.

Elliiott Sadler finished sixth and gained four points on Smith in the points race despite spinning after he was hit from behind by Brian Scott, who finished seventh.

“We definitely had to fight back,’’ he said. “It was a tough weekend, I’m not going to lie. We battled all weekend.’’

Smith leads Sadler by eight points.

Chase Elliott placed eighth with Trevor Bayne ninth after he was hit by Dylan Kwasniewski and suffered a flat tire in the opening laps.

               

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