NASCAR Nationwide Series

Keselowski cruises to win in Kansas Nationwide race

Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Brad Keselowski was in a class all by himself during Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Keselowski, the 2010 Nationwide champion, led 173 of 200 laps en route to his fourth win of the season and the 16th of his career in the series. His only mishap in the 300-mile race occurred just before the halfway point when he stalled his car on pit road during a caution. After restarting in 14th, Keselowski quickly charged to the front and grabbed the lead again within five laps.

Carl Edwards held the top spot after a late-race round of pit stops, but Keselowski passed his fellow Sprint Cup Series competitor for the lead with 14 laps remaining. He crossed the finish line 2.8 seconds ahead of Edwards.

"This Dodge Challenger just hauled all day," Keselowski said. "I knew it was pretty good in practice, but I didn't know it was going to be this good."

Keselowski and Edwards are both in the 12-driver field for this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Edwards will start second in Sunday's 400- mile race at Kansas. Keselowski, the winner of the June Sprint Cup event at Kansas, will roll off in 12th.

"I wish I could use this car for tomorrow," Keselowski quipped.

Edwards, who hails from nearby Columbia, MO, was hoping to win a Nationwide race at his home track for the first time. He started on the pole.

"We've had some fast cars this year, but [Keselowski's] car was super fast today," Edwards said.

Elliott Sadler's third-place run allowed him to trim two points from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s lead in the Nationwide championship standings. Sadler finished one spot ahead of his Kevin Harvick Inc. teammate, Paul Menard, while Stenhouse took the fifth spot.

"We made some mistakes on pit road, and I cost us some spots on the last pit stop," Stenhouse said. "We overcame it and got another top-five. We lost only a couple of points."

Last week at Dover, Sadler fell behind in the points battle with a 14th-place run. Stenhouse finished fifth there.

"After what happened to us at Dover last week, we could have hung our heads, but we fought back and brought a really good car here to Kansas," Sadler said. "We only gained a couple of points, but if we do that every week, we can still be in the middle of the [title] hunt."

Stenhouse holds a 20-point advantage over Sadler with just four races to go.

Kevin Harvick finished sixth, followed by Joey Logano, the winner of the two previous Nationwide races at Kansas, and Brian Vickers, who replaced Reed Sorenson as driver of the No.32 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports earlier this week.

Trevor Bayne and Ryan Truex completed the top-10.

Sorenson secured a ride in time for this race at Kansas, driving the No.82 Dodge for MacDonald Motorsports. He finished 26th. Sorenson was third in the rankings (-49) before his dismissal from Turner. He is now 70 points behind Stenhouse.

The series will head to Charlotte later this week and then will take a two- week break before running its final races of the season -- Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.

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