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August 2, 2009 12:20 AM

Brad wins first race at Iowa

The Nationwide Series drivers have gone to Newton Iowa for the first time ever for the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by Northland Oil and TMC Trucking.  The new track is the only 7/8 mile track in the USA. Earlier in the day Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the first ever poll.  Ricky stated that he struggled a bit in practice with car.

Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards again did not qualify the car they are going to drive today and went to the back.

 

"It was decent a couple days a go," said Kyle Busch.  "It drives a lot like Richmond," said Carl Edwards.  Steven Wallace stated that car is a bit better in race trim.

 

After the green flag dropped we got a couple of quick cautions.  The first one came out on lap as a car part on the John Wes Townley car broke and then he crashed into the wall.  The next caution came out on lap 11 for the Sean Murphy car that spun out.

 

Then we got a good green flag run until lap 39 for a Casey Atwood spin.  This caution brought in all the cars with Brad Keselowski winning the race off pit road. Kyle Busch came out in 11th with Carl Edwards only a few spots behind him. 

 

During this green flag run that lasted a little over 30 laps Brad busted out to a good sized lead while Kyle Busch was able to move his way to fourth.  Carl was not moving up much at all during this time.

 

This caution brought in the leaders and Erik Darnell won the race off pit road due to tire strategy.  Kyle Busch came out in second.  During this short green flag run Kyle Busch got to lead some laps.  Brad Keselowski tried to get the lead a couple of times

 

At lap 93 it was Michael McDowell spinning out to bring out the caution.   At lap 108 it was Brendan Gaughan blowing out a tire.  Then the car of Brian Ickler winds up barely touching the car of Brendan Gaughan causing him to spin out.  Behind him the cars of Austin Dillion and Stephen Leicht to spin out as well.

 

This finally led to another good green flag run with Brad Keselowski in the lead. The caution finally came out on lap 143 for debris.

 

This caution brought in the leaders.  Kyle Busch won the race off pit road.  Brad Keselowski lost four spots due to lug nut problems.   Kevin Harvick wound up having to take his car behind the wall.  He said his car was running pretty good.

 

The green flag drops and Kyle Busch quickly got the lead.  Green flag racing did not last long and on lap 153 Mike Bliss spin to bring out the caution.  Trevor Bayne with nowhere to go wound up hitting the wall big time.

 

We had another short green flag run with Kyle Busch in the lead and on lap 166 it was the cars of Brad Coleman and Brian Ickler crashing together.  By this time Carl Edwards was up to seventh.

 

After the green flag Kyle got the lead with another great restart.  In a couple laps though Brad tried a move down low to try to lead the race and it did not work.  Brad tried a few more times down low and at lap 189 after a couple laps of side-by-side racing he finally got the lead of the race. 

 

Carl Edwards was still in seventh place at the time of the pass.  Brad then started to break out a 1.5 second plus lead. 

 

The tenth caution of the day finally comes out on lap 212 for the crashing car of Austin Dillion.  After the pits opened Brad Keselowski stays out while Kyle Busch and a host of other cars on the lead lap come into the pits.  

 

The green flag drops with 31 laps left and Kyle Busch quickly moved into second place behind Brad Keselwoski.  With 26 laps left it was more side-by-side racing for the lead.  Carl Edwards with his four new tires finally made it into the top five.  Then with 21 laps left it was Morgan Shepherd spinning out to bring out the caution.

 

The green flag drops with 16 laps left and Carl Edwards goes down low and takes third spot.  Then right behind him Erik Darnell, Steven Wallace, and Justin Allgaier get together to bring out the caution. 

 

The green flag drops again with 10 laps left.  Kyle got a solid restart to lead the race.  Carl Edwards wound up dropping back to fourth.  One lap later it was Brad going down low to take the lead of the race again.

 

Kyle tried a move down low with five laps left and it did not work.  It was his last attempt to get the lead as Brad wins the race.

 

Brad said that Kyle was better on the short runs.  "Can't wait for more good things to come."

 

"We fought tight off all day," said Kyle Busch. 

 

Carl Edwards said the car was not good.  "I thought it was a great first event at Iowa."

 

Kyle Busch though was able to move the lead back up to 203 points over Carl Edwards at the end of the race.

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