Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Sam Hornish Jr. and Michael McDowell both had shots at him, but they couldn’t beat Brad Keselowski at Iowa Speedway Saturday night, home of the US Cellular 250. McDowell led one lap and brought home a runner-up finish, while Hornish Jr., who led twice for 65 laps, came home fourth. JGR Nationwide Series regular Elliott Sadler settled in for a 10th-place finish, giving JGR three top 10 cars.
McDowell, who started fifth in the No. 20 Pizza Ranch Toyota Camry, challenged Keselowski in the final laps of the 250-lap event and led Lap 247 briefly before Keselowski charged in for the win. McDowell matched his career-best finish.
“This is a great finish,” said McDowell. “When you’re that close to getting the victory, it’s definitely a tough one. Brad definitely had the best car tonight, but on those restarts everybody’s got a shot.”
Hornish Jr., who qualified seventh in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, wrapped up his fourth-straight top four finish at Iowa, a span which included a win at the track in May. Sadler, who started eighth in the No. 11 Stratasys Toyota, earned his eighth top 10 finish in eight Nationwide Series starts at Iowa.
Trevor Bayne finished third at Iowa, with Ty Dillon finishing fifth. Bayne started from the pole, with Keselowski, who flew in from Pocono Raceway for the race, on the outside pole.
The Nationwide Series is back on track Saturday, August 9th at Watkins Glen International. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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