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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Brad Keselowski always had a fondness for Watkins Glen International, and it increased Saturday.

The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, who had finished second three times in the past two years at The Glen, led 49 laps in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 Saturday and finally earned the first road-course victory of his career.

“I can remember coming here with my dad (in the 1990s), just always having a love affair with this track,” said Keselowski, runner-up to Marcos Ambrose in the past two Cup races at the track. “There’s something about this track. I have a very deep appreciation for it.”

Keselowski passed Joey Logano for the lead with 16 laps to go, then held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win.

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Keselowski triumphed for the fourth straight time, over a span of five months, in NASCAR’s second-tier series.

Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw was 18th of 40.


• Ambrose earned the pole for Sunday’s Cheez-It 355, a Sprint Cup Series event in Watkins Glen, with a track-record lap of 128.241 mph. Clint Bowyer was second in qualifying.

Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in 17th and Kahne will start in 19th.