WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Brad Keselowski passed Joey Logano for the lead with 16 laps to go, then held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the Nationwide Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday in a dominant performance for Penske Racing.
Keselowski, who finished second to Carl Edwards despite leading more than half of this race a year ago, won for the fourth consecutive time over five months in NASCAR’s second-tier series. It was his 24th career Nationwide win, tying him with Tommy Houston for eighth place on the career list, and first victory at The Glen. Keselowski has finished second twice to Marcos Ambrose in the last two Cup races here.
Brian Vickers was third, followed by Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler. Logano finished 21st after running out of gas on the final lap, his team’s fuel strategy coming up just short.
Hornish, who started on the pole, managed to close on Keselowski’s back bumper with six laps remaining, but that was as close as he got as the reigning Sprint Cup champion pulled away over the final two laps.
Hornish closed to within three points of the series lead behind Austin Dillon, who finished 11th.
OUT OF ACTION: Doctors ordered IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves to skip a stock car event in Brazil after he crashed hard in practice.
Castroneves wasn’t seriously injured when the brakes on his car malfunctioned and he crashed into a tire barrier on Friday, but doctors said Saturday that he was still too sore to endure the street-circuit race today in the city of Ribeirao Preto.
RALLY DEATH: In Eisenach, Germany, the Wartburg Rally was called off following the death of a female driver in a crash Saturday night.
Organizers said on the event’s Web site that Ina Schaarschmidt, 29, died at the scene from injuries sustained when Janina Depping’s Mitsubishi Evo 9 crashed off the track during the fifth stage.
Depping was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. No further details on her condition were immediately available.