Kyle Busch Edges Biffle For Exciting NNS Victory
Kyle Busch passed Greg Biffle for the lead on the final lap and won Saturday’s Stater Bros. 300 Nationwide Series Race at Auto Club Speedway.
The margin of victory .05 seconds.
“That’s crazy,” Busch said. “That’s some racing there.”
Biffle finished second, Brad Keselowski was third and Carl Edwards was fourth.
Joey Logano led 130 of 150 laps but gave up the lead on a green-white-checkered restart to Biffle.
Biffle appeared to nudge Logano for the pass. Logano, afterward, cried foul.
“I realize it’s tight racing, but he could have done it differently,” Logano said. “You keep doing that, and eventually it’s going to come back and bite you.”
Logano finished fifth, despite, it appeared, being spun just before the finish line by Keselowski.
Danica Patrick finished 31st, three laps off the pace.
Logano started the race from the pole but gave up the lead to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Busch on lap seven.
Three laps later, Logano took the lead back. He held that lead until pitting for four tires after a caution came out on lap 87.
He restarted ninth but passed Greg Biffle for the lead on lap 100. He held the lead from there until the exciting, mad-dash finish.
Challengers got their one last chance to get past Logano as a caution came out with six laps to go. Biffle took advantage in Turn 1 and then Busch edged into the lead as the cars headed to the finish line.
Patrick, in her second NASCAR race, found the going quite a bit tougher than in was in her debut of a week ago.
She started 36th and immediately starting going backward through the field.
She was lapped on about lap 21 by leader Logano. At a about the same time she nearly was involved in a wreck with Kyle Busch. Her car moved up the track and directly in front of the on-coming Busch, who had to lift.
During the first round of pit stops, she was tagged for a speeding penalty.
After the pit stop, her times improved but not enough from being lapped again by Logano on lap 60.
On the next set of pit stops, which came under green, Patrick was issued another speeding penalty.
“How the hell was I speeding?” she asked over her radio.
She got out of her car and refused comment immediately after the race.
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