SPARTA, Ky. – Brad Keselowski took his final lead on the 156th lap and went on to a rain-shortened victory Friday night in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Showers halted the race at lap 170 in the scheduled 200-lap event, but drivers were expecting it to resume before another pocket of rain forced officials to call it off.
Keselowski led four times for 59 laps en route to his second victory of the year and second at the track in three years. Elliott Sadler was second, followed by Truck Series points leader Matt Crafton, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch.
Series points leader Regan Smith saw his 28-point advantage over Justin Allgaier coming in whacked to an eight-point edge over Sam Hornish Jr. after an engine problem that forced him behind the wall and left him 30th, 17 laps down.
Keselowski has a chance to add another trophy if he can win tonight’s 400-lap Cup race.
Starting 19th, Keselowski quickly moved the No. 22 Ford into contention to make it a battle between him and Busch on a tripleheader weekend for both. Running in the top five on lap 150, Keselowski eventually got by Sadler for the lead before the sky opened up.
You know, I didn’t want it to end this way but we had a great car and we were able to drive to the front, Keselowski said. We didn’t qualify like we wanted to but Jeremy Bullins and this team did a great job.
NHRA: In Joliet, Ill., John Force topped Funny Car qualifying in the Route 66 NHRA Nationals with a run of 4.035 seconds at 314.02 mph in a Ford Mustang.
Force, 64, raced to his record 135th career victory two weeks ago in Bristol, Tenn., and lost to daughter Courtney Force last week in the final in Epping, N.H.
NHRA officials canceled one of the two qualifying sessions scheduled for Friday because of rain.
Tony Schumacher led the Top Fuel field, Mike Edwards topped the Pro Stock order, and Scotty Pollacheck led in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
TRUCKS: In Sparta, Ky., Ty Dillon overtook Kyle Busch with 26 laps remaining and held on to win Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski overcame mid-race issues to finish second.