Brad Keselowski claimed an unexpected victory in the Heluva Good! 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Dover International Speedway.
Keselowski was running third when the green flag waved for the last time with two laps remaining, following the last of nine caution periods. He suddenly found himself leading into Turn 2 when Joey Logano tapped the rear of his team-mate Kyle Busch as the leading duo entered Turn 1.
The pair slid up the track after they made contact, leaving the door open for Keselowski and others to get past, and losing Joe Gibbs Racing a certain victory as between Busch and Logano, they had led 195 out of the 200 scheduled laps. While Logano was able to recover and finish second, Busch ended up down in 17th place with a flat right-front tyre.
"I saw [Logano] make a move there, looked like something happened to [Kyle Busch], he might have had a flat tyre, I'm not sure, but we caught a break and as bad as the first half of the season was about not catching breaks, I finally caught a break," said Keselowski after taking his first Nationwide Series win of the season.
The victory was also the first for JR Motorsports this year, putting a smile on the face of team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr, following a turbulent week for NASCAR's most popular driver.
Logano felt devasted at having ruined the end of the race for both Gibbs cars. His battle with Busch had been race-long and they had swapped the lead between them three times. The 19-year-old had started from pole, then lost the lead on lap 57 when he caught traffic, then regained it in the pits on lap 77 and once again lost out to Busch on lap 109.
He said he had a good final restart and was simply caught out by Busch's slower entry speed into Turn 1.
"I just screwed up," said Logano. "[Busch] had been kicking my butt every restart and that one restart I got a good one at least and got up behind him. I figured he was going to drive off into the corner harder like he had been. He's been killing me in the first corner every time and he checked up early.
"Suddenly I was right on him. I got in the back of him and up the track he went. I mean, it's completely 100 per cent my fault, I take total blame for it. I've got to find him and apologise to him."
Busch, who has led nearly half the laps ran during the Nationwide season, was left with yet another near miss after looking to be on his way to what would have been his fourth victory of the season. Four times during the last five races he has led the most laps, but only once has he led through the chequered flag.
Clint Bowyer ran consistently in the top five and finished third without challenging the leading Gibbs' pair. Brian Vickers finished fourth for Braun Racing, while Carl Edwards had a quiet day and rounded out the top five.
Behind them Scott Speed made a great charge from the back of the grid, following an engine change, to score his best result of the season with seventh, and Penske's Justin Allgaier finished 10th as the best rookie of the day.
While Keselowski celebrated his third career victory in the Nationwide series, it was not a good day for the second JR Motorsports car driven by Ryan Newman, who was involved in two separate incidents, the last one putting an early end to his race on lap 126. Other Cup notables facing trouble were David Ragan and Kevin Harvick, who ended up against the barrier when the Roush Fenway racer lost control of his car ahead of Harvick.
Despite his disappointment, Kyle Busch can get some consolation out of looking at the drivers' standings, which he continues to lead by 40 points over Carl Edwards.
Pos Driver Car Laps 1. Brad Keselowski Chevrolet 200 2. Joey Logano Toyota 200 3. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 200 4. Brian Vickers Toyota 200 5. Carl Edwards Ford 200 6. Paul Menard Ford 200 7. Scott Speed Toyota 200 8. Jason Leffler Toyota 200 9. Jason Keller Ford 200 10. Justin Allgaier Dodge 200 11. Michael McDowell Toyota 200 12. Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 200 13. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 200 14. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 200 15. Bobby Hamilton Jr Dodge 200 16. Brian Keselowski Dodge 200 17. Kyle Busch Toyota 200 18. Scott Wimmer Chevrolet 200 19. Michael Annett Toyota 198 20. Brandon Whitt Ford 198 21. Danny O'Quinn Jr Chevrolet 196 22. Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 196 23. Eric McClure Ford 196 24. Kevin Conway Toyota 194 25. Greg Biffle Ford 191 26. Mike Harmon Chevrolet 175 27. Scott Lagasse Jr Toyota 158 28. Tony Raines Chevrolet 151 29. Steve Wallace Chevrolet 145 30. David Ragan Ford 143 31. Peyton Sellers Chevrolet 128 32. Ryan Newman Chevrolet 126 33. Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 97 34. Marc Davis Toyota 83 35. Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 65 36. Kertus Davis Chevrolet 43 37. Ken Butler III Chevrolet 26 38. John Wes Townley Ford 26 39. Mark Green Chevrolet 14 40. Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 13 41. Terry Cook Chevrolet 11 42. Dennis Setzer Dodge 8 43. Casey Atwood Chevrolet 8