Keselowski logs first 2012 Nationwide win

May 26, 2012 at 6:42 PM

CONCORD, N.C., May 26 (UPI) -- Brad Keselowski overcame intense heat Saturday to claim the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his first Nationwide Series win of the year.

Keselowski had just enough fuel remaining to hold off Denny Hamlin down the stretch at Charlotte, where track temperatures reached 120 degrees.

The Penske Racing driver didn't pit during the final 73 laps, enabling him to take the lead on lap 143 and hold it the rest of the way, claiming his 18th career Nationwide crown and second at Charlotte.

Hamlin shook off a balky carburetor to complete a strong second-place run, ending 0.8 seconds behind Keselowski.

Kyle Busch finished third, while Kevin Harvick -- who led for 92 of the race's 200 laps -- took fourth.

Elliott Sadler rounded out the Top 5. His finish allowed him to pull within 13 points of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. atop the series points standings.

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