INDIANAPOLIS — Brad Keselowski took the lead when Elliott Sadler was penalized for jumping a late restart, then held on to win Saturday in the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sadler passed Keselowski on a restart with 18 laps to go, but officials ruled that Sadler went too early and black-flagged him. Sadler stayed on the track for several laps, apparently hoping officials would reconsider the penalty, before finally coming in with 12 laps to go and giving up the lead to Keselowski.
Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Ty Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon.
Sadler finished 15th.
Danica Patrick’s day ended early after she collided with Reed Sorenson on lap 39.
JUNIOR’S’ CHANCES: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will have a tough hill to climb if he is to win his first Brickyard.
He qualified 20th, next to Mark Martin.
“We liked the speed the car has,” he said. “We went into qualifying trim and really didn’t put down any good laps that I was happy with for some reason. We’ll evaluate that and move forward. But I think the car’s got some good speed in race trim.”
HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX: In Budapest, Lewis Hamilton of McLaren will start from pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix after winning the qualifying session ahead of Romain Grosjean and world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton clocked 1 minute 20.953 seconds Saturday to put .413 seconds between himself and Lotus driver Grosjean, who achieved his first front-row start of the season for today’s race.
Vettel finished in 1:21.416, just ahead of Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button.
“It’s been a really positive weekend so far,” Hamilton said. “Still, we have a very long race tomorrow so lots can happen, but we just need to keep our cool.”