Busch Wins NNS Race at Chicagoland
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Joliet, Ill. – Kyle Busch crossed the finish line ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano at Chicagoland to win the Dollar General 300 Natioinwide Series.
Busch led the most laps of the race, and the win was the 37th victory of his Nationwide career.
“It wasn’t easy,” Busch said. “We know we shouldn’t win. We had the track position when it mattered and the car got really, really tight on us. But, these guys never gave up. They knew I had it in me. I didn’t think I had it in me. It’s fun to race in the Nationwide Series. I love it. To win as many as we won and to be successful as JGR has been, it’s fun every week. It’s always cool to come out here and put on a good show.”
Brian Scott finished third. David Reutimann and Jason Leffler rounded out the top five.
Busch said that Logano, who was in the lead lead on the green-white-checkered restart probably should have won the race.
“When I’m out front I have all the air and can do whatever I want,” Busch said. “I started running him down when I moved up. And then he moved up to get in front of me and blocked my air, so I had to try to go back to the bottom and see if I couldn’t get closer. I just kind of sold out five lengths behind him, I couldn’t get any closer than that, but our car was fast. It’s fun to come out here and race in the Nationwide Series. I love doing it, but it’s also fun when you have cars this good with JGR and you can win.”
Logano was disappointed with second place.
“We were a second-place car most of the night,” he said. “I felt like we got closer and closer, clean air was the biggest deal. Whoever had clean air was definitely going to be faster. We were able to get that clean air towards the end. It’s almost like a guarantee that a caution is going to come out. You know it’s going to happen with 10 (laps) to go if you have more than a five car length lead, you can almost promise that’s going to happen. Of course that happened and we took two tires, which worked for the first restart, and then a caution came out. I restarted on the bottom every time I was able to take the lead.
“To me, I thought it was a no-brainer to start on the bottom again, except the 22 (Brad Keselowski), he ran out of gas or something on the outside. I’m not sure how that happened, how that lineup worked because third-place started third still and the whole line moved up. It was kind of a screwy situation that should have been the other way around. I was so committed to the bottom and Kyle (Busch) did a good job. He did what he was supposed to do. He drove into the turn and got me loose. He beat me. I’m embarrassed more than anything else.”
The victory gave Busch sole ownership of second place on the list of Nationwide winners.
“It’s pretty awesome. It feels great to be able to be second right now to Mark Martin,” he said. “I thought we were going to be second tonight to Joey (Logano), but we’ve got a lot ahead of us here. We can catch Mark (Martin) and hopefully we can do it next year. I don’t know. We’ll see.”No Comment