LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In Vegas one has to play the odds. Brad Keselowski did just that and edged out hometown favorite Kyle Busch to win the Boyd Gaming 300 Nationwide Series race on Saturday,
Following a restart on Lap 168 of 200, Keselowski built a lead that would prove invaluable in the closing laps. His engine started to sputter as the battery voltage began to drop dangerously low, but the lead was enough to hold off the final charge by Busch and claim his first win of the season and first ever at the 1.5 mile Las Vegas speedway.
The second place finish by Busch left him winless in 11 futile attempts to win a Nationwide Series race in “Sin City.” It also marked the second year in a row that Busch finished second.
“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,” Keselowski said following the race.
Kyle Larson finished third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and rookie Chase Elliott.
The second place finish by Busch was somewhat of a bittersweet accomplishment. He was relegated to start at the rear of the field following an unapproved adjustment following impound of the cars.