Brad Keselowski got his opportunity to kiss the bricks that form the start-finish line at Indianapolis.
Keselowski found the opportunity to make a move and capture the win at the brickyard after Elliott Sadler was penalized by NASCAR for jumping the restart at the end of the race. With 18 laps to go in the Nationwide Series inaugural race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR ruled that Sadler got to an early start on the restart.
Keselowski’s Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr finished in second. With Ty Dillion, Sunday’s Cup pole sitter Denny Hamlin, and Austin Dillion rounding out the top five.
After getting black flagged by NASCAR Sadler went in to pit road to serve his penatly. Sadler would end up with a 15th place finish. Heading into the race at IMS, Sadler was one of the four Nationwide driver who had qualified for the Dash 4 Cash. Due to Sadler’s late race penalty, Michael Annett captured the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize with a 6th place finish. The other Dash 4 Cash drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr finished ninth and Justin Allgaier finished 12th.
Danica Patrick who was making her return to IMS finished 35th after a wreck with Reed Sorenson in Lap 39. Travis Pastrana who started with Patrick on the same row captured his best Nationwide finish in 13th.
Kyle Busch dominated the first half of the race and ended up in 22nd.
Rounding out the top ten were Annett, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Stenhouse, and Jeremy Clements.