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Keselowski manages fuel to take Nationwide race

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 03:47 PM
SPARTA, Ky. -

Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night, stretching his fuel over the final 67 laps to pick up his first win in the series this year.

Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler.

Keselowski, the 2010 Nationwide champion, led 132 laps but needed to go light on the gas pedal over the final miles to win for the first time since taking the checkered flag at Gateway last fall.

Joey Logano, who was looking for his fourth straight win at Kentucky, ran out of gas on the last lap and finished 10th.

Sadler took over the Nationwide points lead after Reed Sorenson ran into trouble on pit road and finished 17th.

Keselowski dominated the series a year ago, winning six times while running away with the championship. Things haven't been quite so easy this season. His previous best finish this year was second at Texas in April.

He made it look easy at the 1.5-mile oval, pulling away from a field stacked with Cup regulars.

Kyle Busch to start on pole

Kyle Busch will be on the pole for the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, grabbing the top spot after rain washed out qualifying and the starting order was based on practice times.

Juan Pablo Montoya will start second in tonight's 400-mile race and Kurt Busch will be third.

Nearly half of the 48 cars attempting to make the 43-car field got in a qualifying run before a thunderstorm resulted in qualifying to be based on the best laps during Friday's practice session.

The storm kept Kentucky native Michael Waltrip from making the field.

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