Short track racing definitely brought out short track tempers at Richmond but it was Brad Keselowski who left the track with the checkered flag.
After dominating in the NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying session earlier on Friday afternoon, Keselowski remained in control by the night’s end. The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion stayed within the leaders all night and raced against fellow cup drivers Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick but by the end he walked out with the win. Friday night was Keselowski’s first trip to victory lane of the year.
Busch, Harvick, Brian Vickers, Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish Jr., Kyle Larson, Travis Pastrana and Reed Sorenson closed out the top 10 in the ToyotaCare 250.
Keselowski’s win after starting off from the pole ended the latest winning streak that Busch had been on as of late. Busch had won the last three races as well as the second race of the year. Within the last seven Nationwide Series races, Cup Series drivers have won six of them.
The night featured many appearances from the caution flag as well as one appearance from the red flag early on in the race but it was at the end of the race that the tempers came out. After the race Nelson Piquet Jr. and Brian Scott went after each other, which led to Piquet landing a kick below the belt on Scott. The Piquet-Scott incident may have begun the newest rivalry in NASCAR.
Heading out of Richmond the biggest winners within the Nationwide Series regulars were Hornish and Pastrana. Hornish maintains the points lead and managed to recover from his finish at Texas. Meanwhile Pastrana captured his first top 10 finish at the track where he made his first Nationwide Series start.