Brad Keselowski wins NNS at Iowa

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Brad Keselowski will be taking a trophy with him back to Pocono Raceway. The reigning Sprint Cup champion overcame an early outside tire violation on pit road and overheating issues to win tonight’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.

Keselowski was seventh on a restart at Lap 206, but quickly moved toward the front and then took the lead at Lap 215.

A spin from Richard Harriman brought out another yellow at Lap 223, but on the subsequent restart, he held off a brief challenge from Brian Vickers and went on to win by half a second over Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr.

With the first part of a busy weekend complete, Keselowski will look for a critical victory on the Cup side in tomorrow’s GoBowling.com 400 at the “Tricky Triangle.” But while his Iowa celebration will be short, he was still happy to put the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford in Victory Lane.

“I knew it was going to be about that last restart being really aggressive,” he told ESPN in Victory Lane. “And it was! But that’s what it’s gonna take to win these races, when you have to overcome adversity.

“This Ford Mustang was fast. We just needed to get up to the front, and when we were able to do that, it was ours to win.”

Vickers fell back to third at the finish, followed by Austin Dillon in fourth, and Kyle Larson in fifth.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)