Brad Keselowski leaned on pure power provided by a brand new No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge to lead the final 131 of 133 laps en route to taking his first career Kentucky Speedway victory by 1.180 seconds over Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Nationwide Series “Feed The Children 300” in front of 52,000 fans tonight.
As a member of the Penske Racing family, Brad Keselowski, Rochester Hills, Mich. driver went up against Kevin Harvick (No. 33 Chevrolet) through the first quarter of the race before gaining the upper hand for good on Lap 68 by taking the lead from Joe Nemechek, who kept his No. 87 NEMCO Racing car on the track following the second of five caution periods of the night on Lap 66.
Keselowski muscled up from that point, survived three caution periods in the closing 99 laps and a fuel scare during a series track record 64-lap green flag run to the finish line that brought him his first NNS victory of the season along with his seventh top five and 11th top-10 finish.
He ended the night having lead a race-high 132 laps and now owns four top-five NNS Kentucky finishes in as many starts.
“This car was awesome. The boys at Penske Racing spent some extra hours on it and it feels good. I think we got more in the hopper. To see this team start coming along feels great.:
What a great way for the Penske Racing Team to start off a weekend full of racing. Stay tuned to hear about some of our other racing successes.