NATIONWIDE

NATIONWIDE : Keselowski darts his way to win duel

The Associated PressApril 26, 2013 

NASCAR Richmond Auto Racing

Team owner Joe Gibbs talks with Brian Vickers, left, and Matt Kenseth during Friday's qualifying for Saturday's Sprint Cup race at in Richmond, Va.

STEVE HELBER — The Associated Press

— Brad Keselowski ducked underneath Kyle Busch to take the lead with 10 laps to go Friday night and won a wild NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Keselowski had to hold off a final charge from Kevin Harvick, but after Harvick closed within a few car lengths, Keselowski kept him at bay and slightly expanded his margin in the final laps to win the three-way dual among some of NASCAR’s most aggressive and daring drivers.

The dueling included Keselowski passing Harvick on the outside with about 40 laps to go, and Busch passing them both on the outside for the lead with about 25 laps to go before the last two of eight cautions, the final one ending with 11 laps to go.

“I thought it was pretty darn good,” Keselowski said. “I was grinning the whole time. I had fun and Kyle raced me really well, and so did Kevin. I think this is what racing is supposed to be like — side-by-side and just little touches, but not big ones. It was a great race all the way around.”

The victory was the 21st of Keselowski’s career in the series and second on the 0.75-mile oval.

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