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Brendan Gaughan snatches lead after late restart, earns hard-fought Nationwide win at Kentucky

  • Pole-sitter Ty Dillon (3) leads at the start of the NASCAR Nationwide auto race in Sparta, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Sam Hornish, Jr. (54) and Brendan Gaughan (62) stay close. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Pole-sitter Ty Dillon (3) leads at the start of the NASCAR Nationwide auto race in Sparta, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Sam Hornish, Jr. (54) and Brendan Gaughan (62) stay close. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Points leader Chase Elliott (9) closes on Landon Cassill (22) to pass as he tries to catch race leader Ty Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide auto race in Sparta, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Points leader Chase Elliott (9) closes on Landon Cassill (22) to pass as he tries to catch race leader Ty Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide auto race in Sparta, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Ty Dillon (3) opens a lead on Sam Hornish, Jr. (54) early in the NASCAR Nationwide auto race in Sparta, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Driver Ty Dillon (3) opens a lead on Sam Hornish, Jr. (54) early in the NASCAR Nationwide auto race in Sparta, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

Brendan Gaughan surged past rookies Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon in a wild three-wide run after a final restart for a hard-earned victory in Saturday night's 300-mile Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Elliott and Dillon initially battled for the lead on Lap 192 before Gaughan's No. 62 Chevrolet rocketed forward on the outside to make it three abreast, getting past both drivers a couple of laps later with Brian Scott in tow. Gaughan went on to his second career victory by .878 seconds over Scott, followed by Dillon, Elliott and Regan Smith in a top-five sweep by Chevys.

Gaughan's surprising finish denied Dillon's quest for a dominant victory after he started on the pole and led 155 laps. Dillon seemed destined to fight Elliott in the closing laps, but Gaughan, who led 22 laps, stayed within reach and used a great restart to snatch the lead and the win.