LOUDON, N.H. — Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday with a late move.
Keselowski passed Kevin Harvick with about 21 laps left in the 200-lap race on the one-mile oval when Harvick got caught in traffic with Amber Cope, who was 30 laps down.
Keselowski, also entered in today’s Sprint Cup race, stretched it from there and won by just over seven-tenths of a second. He also won the pole the past two years in Nationwide races in New Hampshire, but Kyle Busch won both times.
Busch had trouble with his fuel cell Saturday and was never in contention.
Austin Dillon finished third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Rounding out the top 10 were Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Truex.
MILITARY SPONSORS: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is optimistic about his sponsorship relationship with the National Guard despite the U.S. Army’s decision to end its association with another team, Stewart-Haas Racing, next season.
Earnhardt, in second place in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup standings, said Friday he was “disappointed” by the Army’s decision announced last Tuesday.
“I feel that our (National Guard) program is really productive,” Earnhardt said before qualifying for today’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Apparently, they don’t feel like theirs was productive.”
Rep. Betty McCollum, of Minnesota, and Rep. Jack Kingston, of Georgia, are backing an amendment that would prohibit military sponsorship of sports.