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NASCAR Xfinity: Brad Keselowski wins at Richmond

Brad Keselowski celebrates in victory lane at Richmond Raceway after winning the Virgina529 College Savings 250 on Sept. 8, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Brad Keselowski celebrates in victory lane at Richmond Raceway after winning the Virgina529 College Savings 250 on Sept. 8, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

Kyle Busch domianted the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Saturday night, staring on the pole and leading 182 of the 250 laps that made up the race, but Brad Keselowski passed Busch on lap 235, a pass that, ultimately, led to the race win.

“From my view, that was one of those race wins that was extremely personally gratifying,” Keselowski said. “To know you are probably not as good as someone on the short run and just try to wear them down every lap, and knowing that if you can get a long run, you’ve got a shot and it and we did. We got a long run, and I still had to make the right moves. It was a grinder; that is what that race was — a grinder in a good way. I think it shows the beauty of having the stages with the short and long runs, because you see the races really just break apart like that one did where someone is good on the short side, and someone is good on the long side. It is also part of the beauty of this track. You really have to focus in on being smooth and smart with how you use your car and manage it. That makes for passing at the lead at the end. It was really a thriller of a race at the end.

Busch, with a better short-run car compared to the long-run car of Keselowski’s finished second.
“He just had a better long run car every time,” Busch said. “Every run we had, he was able to get by us there after about 50 – 45, 50 laps or whatever it was – so I was just trying to get out there a little bit, and we were working each other pretty hard there early in the run. I thought I beat his tires up, and he was just able to come back through, so oh well, you know? NOS Energy Drink Camry was good, just not good enough and need a little bit more.”

Ty Dillon finished third, while Xfinity Series regulars Daniel Hemric and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-five. With his top-five finish, Elliott Sadler clinched the 2017 regular-season title one race prior to the end of the regular season. As a result, he’ll carry an additional 15 points into the playoffs.
The yellow flag waved only three times in the race, including the two cautions that divided the race into its three stages of 75, 75 and 100 laps. Dillon was the stage-one winner after pitting for tires when the first caution came on lap 53. With newer tires, Dillon was able to take the lead on lap 64.

Keselowski won the second 75-lap stage of the race, passing Busch for the lead on lap 150, the final lap of the stage.

Busch got off pit road first to start the third stage as the leader. Keselowski challenged him for the top spot around lap 175, and then, again, in lap traffic in the final 20 laps.

Christopher Bell finished sixth, William Byron seventh, Justin Allgaier eighth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ninth, and Brennan Poole was 10th.

With 13th and 14th-place finishes, Matt Tifft and Cole Custer clinched spots in the playoffs with their positions in the points standings, joining Sadler, Poole and Hemric, who had already locked in on points.

Jeremy Clements also officially clinched a playoff spot with his 16th-place race finish. Clements was the race finisher a couple of races ago at Road America, but was near the bottom of the top-20 in points. His finish at Richmond on Friday night ensured he would be in the top-20 at regular-season’s end.

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