Keselowski wins Nationwide crown |

Keselowski wins Nationwide crown

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Brad Keselowski clinched the Nationwide season title by finishing third in Texas on Saturday, giving owner Roger Penske his first championship in one of NASCAR’s national series.

Keselowski, who had to finish only 21st or better to wrap up the driver’s championship with two races left, crossed the line behind winner Carl Edwards and runner-up Kyle Busch to earn his 24th top-five result of the season.

“Part of you feels honored to do it for Roger,” Keselowski said. “To get to see him carry that (NASCAR) trophy and do something he’s never done, it’s hard to give a billionaire something. It’s pretty cool.”

While Keselowski did celebratory doughnuts in his No. 22 Dodge, Edwards got the checkered flag from his 28th career Nationwide victory and went into the stands to share a moment with fans sitting on the frontstretch.

Edwards charged ahead on the final restart, a green-white-checker finish that added five laps to the scheduled 200-lap race. Busch was denied a NASCAR-record sixth consecutive win at Texas and claimed Edwards took off early.