8th Nationwide Series Win for Busch
When Kyle Busch takes to the racetrack, fans are generally kept on tenterhooks waiting to see if he’ll blast past fellow competitors to take the winner’s trophy or if he’ll let his winning style slide for another bad finish. This past weekend’s race left no-one guessing, however, as Busch leisurely kept ahead of the pack for an easy finish.
When Busch took to the Dover International Speedway on the September 20th in the latest race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, it was quickly apparent that there would be no stopping him. Busch absolutely dominated the race, starting at pole and leading for the duration of the 400-mile Camping World RV Sales 200. His Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota performed flawlessly, his driving skills were on the mark and there was never a moment of tension. As Busch noted, the team “made it look easy.” So easy in fact that the run has been called a “leisurely afternoon drive.” Though the race stretched into overtime with 207 laps, Kyle Busch always ensured that fellow competitors were choking on his exhaust fumes. In the end he pulled ahead by a couple of car lengths on the final restart, ensuring an easy and almost flawless victory for himself and his team. He led for laps 1-72, 74-98 and the final 60 laps – certainly not something that is often seen in the motor sport industry.
The win was Kyle Busch’s eighth victory so far this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Current series point leader Clint Bowyer did not enjoy quite such an easy race. His No. 2 Chevrolet was severely damaged in a pit-road accident that took place about halfway through the race. Bowyer managed to pull the pieces together for a 10th place finish which helped him to maintain his lead over Edwards, but the accident and subsequent bad finish certainly has helped Edwards to catch up 21 points. Edwards is unlikely to catch Bowyer however, as he still has to make up 186 points and there are only six races left in the series for the season. Mike Bliss finished second while Brad Keselowski finished third. Scott Wimmer was fourth and Carl Edwards finished fifth. This was Busch’s 19th win in the top three NASCAR series this year.