NEWTON, Iowa — Brad Keselowski held off the charging Michael McDowell on Saturday night to win the U.S. Cellular 200 NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway.
Keselowski commuted from Pocono in Long Pond, Pa., where he races today in Sprint Cup. He led 146 of 250 laps for his third Nationwide victory of the season and second in two starts. Trevor Bayne was third, followed by Sam Hornish and Ty Dillon.
Keselowski appeared to be set to cruise to an easy win when James Buescher's crash erased his lead. But Keselowski went high to overtake McDowell and held on for his 30th series victory.
Keselowski won for the third time at the track including the inaugural race five years ago. Keselowski's success on Iowa's short track — along with a front-row spot next to Bayne and six consecutive top-three finishes in NASCAR's second-tier series — had him as the heavy favorite.
Trucks: Austin Dillon pulled away on the final restart to win on a green-white-checkered finish in the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. "We had to fight for it," said Dillon, who drove the famed No. 3 Chevy to his first victory in five series starts this year. Johnny Sauter, Joey Coulter, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney completed the top five.
IndyCar: St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais earned the pole for today's Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, navigating a rainy track in 1 minute, 24.161 seconds. Four-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon will start last in the 22-car field.
NHRA: John Force raced to his 150th No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Force, 65, had a pass of 4.057 seconds at 307.86 mph. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) also led their classes.