Brad Keselowski takes sixth Nationwide win in past eight starts

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Brad Keselowski raced to his sixth Nation­wide victory in his past eight starts, leading 106 of 200 laps at Texas to give Roger Penske’s No. 22 car the lead in the owners’ standings.

For the drivers’ title, Sam Hornish Jr. overcame being a lap down early in the race to finish third and cut his deficit behind Austin Dillon from eight points to six with two races left in the season. Dillon finished fifth.

“We did what we could do. We took care of ourselves,” Hornish said. “We came back when it didn’t look like we would gain points for quite a bit of the race.”

With the win in the No. 22 Ford, Keselowski put Penske back in the lead in the owners’ standings, 26 points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota.

The No. 22 car has been to Victory Lane 12 times this season, with wins also by Joey Logano (three), AJ Allmendinger (two) and Ryan Blaney (one). The single-season Nationwide record is 13 wins by the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in 2010.

Keselowski wrecked at Kansas the last time he drove the Nationwide car.

“I had to redeem myself,” he said. “When you win, it’s ... obviously a lot of fun.”

FORMULA ONE: In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mark Webber managed to outshine his Red Bull teammate, Sebastian Vettel, beating the four-time world champion's time right at the end of qualifying to take pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Australian, competing in his final season in Formula One, will look to end Vettel’s run of six consecutive race wins today. Vettel, who already has his fourth consecutive F1 title, took pole in four of the past five races.

TRUCK SERIES: In Fort Worth, Texas, Ty Dillon led 130 of the 147 laps for a dominating milestone victory at Texas, while Matt Crafton moved closer to the season championship with another top-10 finish.

Dillon drove the No. 3 Chevrolet to its 100th NASCAR victory across the sanctioning body’s three main series, including the late Dale Earnhardt in Cup races. Dillon was greeted in Victory Lane late Friday night by Richard Childress, his grandfather and truck owner.

“It’s great. To have my grandson to win the 100th race with the No. 3... it’s very, very special,” Childress said. “It’ll be a night I remember for a long time. ... I know Dale Earnhardt is smiling down tonight.”


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