RICHMOND, Va. Through the first 133 races of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career, Brian Scott had led 38 laps.
Friday night he erased a career’s worth of frustration but it still wasn’t enough to earn his first series victory.
Brad Keselowski passed Scott with 10 of 250 laps remaining and held on for the win in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. The win is Keselowski’s fifth this season – all in his past six starts.
“The Penske Racing guys have had a heck of plan for these cars and they’ve executed all year long, just great race cars,” said Keselowski, who earned the 25th win of his career.
“We had to change a few things on the car during the pit stops and the car just came alive – that was the key to victory.”
Keselowski’s win was not without some controversy, however.
Scott and members of his complained Keselowski had jumped the start of the final two restarts of the race, the last time with six laps remaining.
“Brian had been going really deep in the (restart) box and I knew that was going to be his tactic of what he was going to do when he was beside me,” Keselowski said. “So, as soon as I got to the box I went and caught him a little bit off guard and I drove away.”
Scott, who ended up leading 240 laps, did not see it the same way.
“Some restarts and some questionable calls got us at the end,” he said. “I’m going to have a talk (with NASCAR) and figure out what the rules are. I thought they were pretty black and white.
“I don’t know if anybody else saw the same thing but he jumped the start on the last one, which didn’t even give us a chance to race for it in Turn 1.”
Regan Smith finished third, Kyle Busch was fourth and Trevor Bayne was fifth. Sam Hornish Jr., who finished sixth, leads Austin Dillon by 16 points in the series standings with eight races remaining this season.