Brad Keselowski went into Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway winless at the track. There always seems to be some horrible luck that kept Keselowski from visiting victory and Saturday almost went down a similar route. Keselowski would overcome a sputtering engine due to battery voltage dropping and hold off a charging Kyle Busch to score victory while Busch settled for second at his home track - again.
"Kyle’s one of the best in the business, and he deserves a win here, and he’s been real close, just like we have," said Keselowski, who was leading on the final lap in 2011 before a blown tire knocked him back to third.
"These races aren’t getting any easier to win. I drove as hard as I could every lap, knowing that Kyle was coming there, especially at the end. We were having some troubles with the engine there, and I knew it was just a matter of time before he caught me. I was just trying to get through as much traffic as I could and extend that time and was counting down the laps. It felt good that everything worked out at the end."
Kyle Busch would be forced to start at the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments following qualifying. However, Busch would quickly make his way to the front of the field and would finish second to Keselowski. Busch’s chances seemed dampered following choosing the outside lane on a restart on Lap 162.
"I stepped on the gas, and it felt like I was holding a parachute, the way those guys went by me," Busch said. "I was third before I even got to Turn 1. Junior was pushing me there for a little bit. I don’t know happened, if he fell off me or what, but… it just wouldn’t go."
Kyle Larson would rally from early contact with the wall to finish 3rd, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would finish 4th, and Chase Elliott would score his first Top 5 finish in the series with a 5th place finish.