A lapped car slowed Erik Jones just enough Friday that it allowed Brad Keselowski to pass the 19-year-old for the lead and earn another victory at Kentucky Speedway.
Keselowski led the final nine laps of the Kentucky 300 and returned to victory lane for the third time in a NASCAR XFINITY Series car and fifth time overall at the 1.5-mile track.
Jones finished 0.241 of a second behind the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Kyle Busch led the most laps but finished third. Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler finished fourth and fifth.
"I just caught a little break to be honest," said Keselowski, who started fourth. "I kind of thought it might happen and went into the corner high just ready for something to happen and it did. The opportunity struck and I was able to make the most of it coming off of Turn 4 to make the pass for the lead."
Understandably, Jones was disappointed after being foiled late in a race for a second night in a row. He finished second in the Thursday's Camping World Truck Series race that was stopped five laps short of the scheduled finish.
"I wish I would have known the lapped car was going to the bottom and we would've went to the top," Jones said. "It's about all we could've really done different."
Keselowski led three times for 72 laps. A two-tire pit stop on Lap 165 of 200 helped him to the lead, but he didn't stay up front long.
Two other drivers - Jones and Suarez - also took two tires. Busch's was the fourth car off pit road after that team changed all four tires.
Busch had taken the lead on Lap 140 after green flag pit stops and was up front when debris brought out the yellow flag on Lap 163.
There were 11 cars on the lead lap and each visited pit road for fuel and tires. Keselowski was running second behind Busch at the time.
Jones surged past Keselowski for the lead on the restart with 31 laps to go and pulled out to a comfortable lead.
"I almost messed it up with the restart," Keselowski said. "I just got a launch and Kyle was right behind me and he gave me a hit right as I was going. It made me spin the tires. The 20 (Jones) took off. I think we were pretty even and I was just driving the crap out of it to keep up with him and the clean air."
Keselowski closed the gap and pulled off the decisive pass at the end of Lap 192. Jones got caught behind the lapped car driven by David Starr, allowing Keselowski to overtake him for the lead.
The victory was the 33rd of Keselowski's XFINITY Series career and extended his streak of victories at Kentucky Speedway to five consecutive seasons.
Teams had one opportunity to practice their cars before the race started under partly cloudy skies. Qualifying was washed out Friday, so the starting lineup was set according to practice speeds.
J.J. Yeley was awarded the pole for leading the lone practice. It was his first pole in the series since 2006 when he drove a No. 18 Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing.
But Yeley didn't lead a lap. Ty Dillon passed him on the opening lap and led the first 15 laps.
Through 16 races, Chris Buescher holes a 36-point lead over Chase Elliott in the standings. Buescher finished 11th and Elliott finished 13th.