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Keselowski slides into New Hampshire win

With 20 laps to go, it didn’t look as though Brad Keselowski was going to win, even after leading 131 laps of the 200-lap race.

Restarting with 46 laps to go, Keselowski lost the lead to Kevin Harvick, who drove off to over a three-second lead, looking like the race was his to lose.

Catching lapped traffic which included the Amber Cope car in turn two, Harvick slowed, allowing Keselowski to close up to him and eventually take the lead for the rest of the race.

“Every time you come to her, she doesn’t know whether she’s going high or low,” said a frustrated Harvick after the race. “I committed to the bottom, and she came down.

“It’s not one of those deals. It’s someone who shouldn’t be on the race track. She wants to be Danica Patrick, but she can’t hold her helmet.”

While Harvick was thinking about a race that got away, Keselowski was celebrating in victory lane.

“Great day for this team,” said Keselowski after winning his first win at New Hampshire and his second win of the season.

“We went to Richmond with this car, and struggled really bad. My guys took it to heart and went testing without me. I’m proud of them for putting that effort in.”

Although Keselowski was ultimately happy about taking the win, the racer inside the Penske Racing driver would have liked to have won without interference from lapped traffic.

“Kevin(Harvick) raced me hard, and it was great racing there. There’s very few other guys I’d like to race than Kevin.

“I caught a little bit of a break in traffic. That’s the way it goes.

“You’re always going to have some drivers that don’t know where they’re at. That’s part of this series. Different drivers are learning at different rates and try to pick up their awareness for that on the race track, sometimes that goes against it.”

As the season progresses, the Nationwide Series championship winds tighter and tighter.

Heading into next Sunday’s race at Chicagoland, Elliott Sadler holds a three point advantage over his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Austin Dillon.

Behind the two RCR cars, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. trails by 16 points, while Sam Hornish Jr. finds himself 32 points back of the championship lead.

F.W. Webb 200 Unofficial Results 

1: Brad Keselowski

2: Kevin Harvick

3: Austin Dillon

4: Sam Hornish Jr.

5: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

6: Kasey Kahne

7: Elliott Sadler

8: Justin Allgaier

9: Jamie McMurray

10: Ryan Truex

11: Michael Annett

12: Brian Scott

13: Mike Bliss

14: Danica Patrick

15: Mike Wallace

16: Jason Bowles

17: Jeremy Clements

18: Cole Whitt

19: Joe Nemechek

20: Tayler Malsam

21: Timmy Hill

22: Eric McClure

23: Tony Raines

24: Josh Richards

25: Matt Frahm

26: Amber Cope

27: Joey Gase

28: Kyle Busch

29: Danny Efland

30: Jamie Dick

31: Travis Pastrana

32: Morgan Shepard

33: Kevin Lepage

34: Scott Riggs

35: TJ Bell

36: Mike Harmon

37: Matthew Carter

38: Chase Miller

39 Charles Lewandoski

40: Erik Darnell

41: Josh Wise

42: Stephen Leicht

43: Jeff Green

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