NASCAR New Hampshire Results 2012: Brad Keselowski Wins Nationwide Race

Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski took advantage of an opportune moment late in Saturday's F.W. Webb 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps to claim his first victory at New Hamsphire Motor Speedway, his second of the season and the 19th of his career.

Race runner-up Kevin Harvick, who finished .717 seconds back, expressed his displeasure with Amber Cope by tapping her car on the cool-down lap, an expression of displeasure at Cope's impeding Harvick's progress and opening the door for Keselowski's winning pass.

Austin Dillon ran third, winning Nationwide's $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus and establishing his eligibility for next week's cash bonus at Chicagoland Speedway. Sam Hornish Jr. ran fourth, followed by defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Keselowski held a 3.6-second lead when Cole Whitt got into Turn 1 too hot on Lap 121 and turned the No. 4 Chevrolet of Danny Efland into the outside wall. Keselowski, Hornish, Harvick, Dillon and Stenhouse were among those who took two tires during pit stops under the ensuing caution, and the field restarted with Keselowski in the lead on Lap 129.

From that point, Keselowski began to drive away again. By the time Danica Patrick tapped the No. 81 Toyota of Jason Bowles and spun off Turn 4 on Lap 149, Keselowski led by 2.3 seconds, but that advantage disappeared with the fourth caution of the afternoon.

Sadler came to the pits along with Patrick and Whitt for a four-tire stop on Lap 151, giving up the ninth position. Sadler restarted 14th on fresh rubber on Lap 155, with Patrick 15th. The call for new tires paid dividends, as Sadler gained six positions within eight laps.

Ultimately, he finished seventh and retained his lead in the series standings by three points over second-place Dillon.

While Sadler was cutting a swath through the field, Harvick grabbed the lead from Keselowski on Lap 155 and held it through two laps of side-by-side racing. In clean air, Harvick pulled away to a 1.5-second lead, but while battling traffic with 22 laps left, Harvick was held up by the lapped car of Cope.

Keselowski made an aggressive move to the outside and passed Harvick off Turn 4 to take control of the race.

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