The Nationwide Race at Brickyard recently gave NASCAR fans what they wanted. The race resulted in an exciting finish that ended with Dodge vehicles finishing in the Nos. 1 and 2 spots in a great performance.
Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. gave Dodge the top two spots at the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which marked the 100th NASCAR National Series win for Roger Penske.
“This was just a special day,” Keselowski said. “The Brickyard means so much to all of us as race car drivers and to the sport in general. It transcends three different forms of auto racing: whether it’s IndyCar in the United States, F1 and their history here and then obviously with stock cars from ’94 on."
Keselowski added that it transcends into a special place to race and he was proud to see a small part of it while winning the Nationwide series, hoping to be a big part of the history of the race.
Keselowski led the race three times for 33 laps in the No. 22 vehicle. After the final caution, the two teammates pulled away with a comfortable lead, which resulted in victory.
“It was a great day full of some challenges, for sure," Keselowski said. "Trying to beat Kyle Busch was going to be very tough on our own with speed but our team persevered on pit road. We had an excellent pit stop that beat him off pit road and gave us an opportunity to capitalize."
The Dodge driver said the team only got a three-lap run before the yellow caution flags started to be raised, which he didn't feel would affect the race since they had a good car and put themselves in a position to win the race.
Elliott was in the first place on lap 83 after the final caution, but was black flagged by NASCAR and was required to make a pass-through penalty on pit road. Hornish started in the 13th spot but quickly advanced to the top 10 and remained in the top 5 for the majority of the second half of the race.
NASCAR CEO Brian France recently committed to making the sport's races better and more exciting for fans. France stated that the sport can do better by having better and tighter racing in an interview with The Associated Press in London where he spoke in the Beyond Sports annual summit. NASCAR is testing new vehicles at its research and development department with an eye on improving the rules package before they debut in 2013.
"If you are a real purist, you may think it was a great event," France said. "But if you are a casual fan, you may have wanted to see lots of touchdowns or lots of lead changes. Things that make you go 'wow.'
Following Keselowski and Hornish in the top two spots at the NASCAR Nationwide Series was Ty Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon and Michael Annett, coming in Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6, respectively.