Brad Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Indy
By Steve T. Gorches 648-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org July 28, 2012 11:22PM
Updated: August 30, 2012 6:35AM
INDIANAPOLIS — It’s fitting that a car owned by someone who’s had so much success in open-wheel racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway would win the inaugural Nationwide Series race at the most famous race track in the country.
Roger Penske has owned 15 Indianapolis 500 winning cars, but Saturday’s victory by Brad Keselowski in the Indiana 250 is Penske Racing’s first stock car win at the Brickyard.
And he pretty much had it covered if Keselowski faltered, since runner-up Sam Hornish Jr., is also one of his drivers.
It’s Penske’s 100th career NASCAR victory and Keselowski’s 20th in the Nationwide Series.
“I’ve been watching races here since I was a kid in Michigan,” Keselowski said. “Everybody knows how special Indy is and any win you have here, whether it’s the (Indy) 500 or the Brickyard (on Sunday) or the first Nationwide race, every race is special.”
Hornish Jr. was one of Penske’s 15 Indy 500 wins in 2006.
Brotherly love: In just his second start in the Nationwide Series, 20-year-old Ty Dillon finished third in Saturday’s Indiana 250. In his first start at Dover in June, he was seventh.
But the top-five might be secondary to finishing two spots ahead of his brother and fellow NASCAR phenom Austin Dillon, who was fifth.
Ty is a regular on the Camping World Truck Series in which Austin won the points title last season.
“Both,” said Ty when asked which he liked more — the top-five or beating Austin. “There was no pressure with no points on the line and I just went out to have fun. I’ll remember everything about this day.”
Austin confirmed that he may be on the wrong end of trash-talking from his little brother for a while.
“We’ve always been competitive in everything we’ve done,” he said. “It’s nice to have a brother who’s competitive. He pushes me and I hope I push him.”