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Busch Survives Late Crashfest To Win Nationwide Race

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, May 29 2010

Kyle Busch celebrates his Nationwide Series win Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch overcame pit-road trouble and late restarts to win Saturday’s Tech-Net Auto Service 300 Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The victory was the fifth in 12 starts for Busch in 2010. It was the 33rd of his Nationwide career and it was his sixth at CMS.

It came despite the fact that he was issued a speeding penalty early in the race. It came in a race in which at one time he was two laps down. And it came with him running low of fuel at the end.

“We don’t like to make them too easy,” Busch said in Victory Lane.

Busch got the lead coming out of the pits after a caution came out with about 60 laps to go. He picked up three spots on the stop.

He had a 1.8-second lead over Brad Keselowski when yellow waved with 14 laps to go. He had a half-car length lead when yellow waved with nine laps to go. He had a five-car-length lead when the yellow waved with four laps to go.

Busch jumped out to the lead on the green-white-checkered restart and took the checkered flag with Keselowski on his rear bumper.

“Sometimes when it comes down to the end of the races here, there’s a bunch of cautions and we saw it here today,” Busch said. “Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) played it exactly right and we got fortunate with that. I still think we had a fast enough race car that we could hold those guys off. The 22 (Brad Keselowski) did a nice job of holding off the 20 (Joey Logano). It would have been nice to get a JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) one-two, but the 22 was really fast today. We were good on those longs runs and we were fast on the get-go and then they would kind of catch us in the middle and then we would take back off through the end. I guess that’s what you need, you need the beginning and the end of these deals.”

Joey Logano finished third and Justin Allgaier fourth.

“I wish we could have turned it up just a little bit and would have at least had something for him, but just too tight,” Logano, said. “We thought two tires was going to make the difference. We were sitting in good position there, just not fast enough. We had a third-place race car and we finished third. We can’t be disappointed about it, but I just really want to win. I’m not going to put a smile on my face, but it is what it is. We’ve come close over and over again. We’re close every week and I just want to win one of these things.”

Ryan Newman was fifth.

Keselowski started the race with an 11-point lead over Busch in the standings. He left Charlotte with a one-point lead.

“That 18 and 20 cars (Busch and Logano) are really good and they paired up pretty good on the restart and out-drafted me,” Keselowski said. “I feel like we had a stronger car, but Kyle did a great job, great restart. Justin (Allgaier) and I worked well together. We just came up short. I’m still really proud of this team. We’re coming away with top finishes every week and head to Nashville with the points lead which is cool.”

The race is the last in the series for Busch this season.

Too bad, Keselowski said.

“I’m really going to miss him (Kyle). We bring out the best and worse in each other.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, May 29 2010
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