Brad Keselowski dominated the Sta-Green 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Saturday, leading 152 of the 200 laps that made up the race on his way to his second Nationwide Series win of the season and his second-career series win at NHMS. Kyle Busch, who led early and ran second to Keselowski for much of the remainder of the race finished second. Matt Kenseth finished third.
“What a hell of a Saturday,” Keselowski said. “I am going to need a little time to soak it in. It has been a really busy day and sometimes on these really busy days, you get so caught up in the action that you really can’t appreciate all that has transpired.”
Keselowski started on the pole but lost the lead to Busch on the first lap. Busch went on to lead the first 34 laps of the race before Keselowski retook the spot on lap 35 and led most of the remainder of the event.
Kyle Larson got by Busch to move into the second spot on a restart just before the halfway point of the race. With a push from Kenseth on another restart not long past the halfway mark, Larson took the lead from Keselowski. After leading 11 laps, Larson then lost that lead, with Keselowski moving back to the front. Busch then soon retook second.
Chris Buescher inherited the lead by staying out when the yellow flag waved with about 60 laps remaining, but as soon as the race returned to green, Keselowski moved back into the top spot and Kenseth followed him back through to second. Kenseth then lost second position to Busch.
For the remaining laps, Keselowski would, at times, pull away from Busch, with Busch then closing back in in lap traffic.
“We got what we could out of our Monster Energy Camry today,” Busch said. “We felt good that it would be a solid top-five car, and it should be a second-place car here this weekend. And that’s where we ended up.”
In the end, Larson wound up fourth, and Buescher was the highest-finishing series regular, taking fifth.
Regan Smith, who along with Jeremy Clements, Ryan Reed and Ryan Sieg, competed for the $100,000 Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus, claimed the prize by finishing 10th, highest among the four eligible drivers. As a result, he also retained eligibility to compete for another $100,000 bonus in the next race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
Aside from Smith, the other three drivers garnering eligibility to race for the Dash 4 Cash bonus at Chicagoland as the highest-finishing Nationwide Series championship-eligible drivers at New Hampshire were Buescher, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott. Sadler finished the race in the sixth position and Scott was seventh after the two got caught up in an on-track altercation near the mid-point of the race. Other top-10 finishers included Chase Elliott in eighth and Trevor Bayne finished ninth, despite a tire issue that led to a spin early in the race.