SPARTA, Ky. – Mother Nature brought a premature end to Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway, handing Brad Keselowski his second series victory of the 2013 season.
Keselowski was arguably the class of the field during the Feed the Children 300, coming from mid-pack at the start of the race to take command of the 200-lap event at the halfway mark from Kyle Busch.
Things got interesting with 60 laps left when Carl Long spun to bring out a caution flag. All the lead lap cars opted to pit during the caution period, with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Matt Crafton coming off pit road with the race lead after taking fuel only.
The restart order was shuffled because of varying strategy during the pit stops. Crafton was followed off pit road by Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers, both of whom only took two tires. Kevin Swindell and Nelson Piquet Jr. restarted fourth and fifth after taking fuel only. Brad Keselowski would restart eighth after taking four tires during the pit stop.
The field returned to racing on lap 145, with Sadler quickly driving by Crafton to take the lead two laps later. Sadler tried to put some distance on the field, but Keselowski was quickly making his way back to the front. With 43 laps left Keselowski caught and passed Salder to re-take the race lead.
Keselowski had a comfortable lead when the caution flag waved on lap 163 for a sudden rain storm over the 1.5-mile facility. NASCAR officials kept the cars on track until lap 170 when it was finally decided to red flag the event.
NASCAR officials tried to wait out the rain, but a second rain cell hit the track and forced series officials to call the Feed the Children 300 at lap 170 and award the victory to Keselowski.
“It has certainly been a great race for us. I didn’t want it to end this way, but we had a great car,” Keselowski said. “Didn’t qualify like we wanted, but Jeremy Bullins and the Discount Tire team did a great job.”
Sadler ended up second, matching his season best in Nationwide competition this year. Crafton, making his Nationwide debut, finished third for Richard Childress Racing. Vickers and Busch completed the top five.