Busch Wins Homestead NNS Race
Kyle Busch put himself in contention for a final-weekend-of-the-NASCAR-season sweep Saturday night when he won the Ford 300 Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Busch, who won Friday night’s Ford 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead and will be in Sunday’s Ford 400 Sprint Cup race, took the lead from Kevin Harvick with 22 laps to go.
He held off Harvick and got his 13th Nationwide victory of the season. Those wins came in 29 starts.
“A great race out there,” Busch said. “(Kevin) Harvick was strong and I just got a good restart there on that last one. I had to work for it, it wasn’t easy. I started getting tight there at the end of the race, but I had just enough there to beat him out.”
Busch led a race-best 153 laps.
“This Toyota was fast, man,” the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said.
Also fast Saturday was his Cup car as he led the final practice before Sunday’s race.
“Terrible tight,” Harvick, who had the lead when the race restarted for the final time with 23 laps to go.
“We won three races this year and it felt like we could have won 10.”
Brad Keselowski, who clinched the series championship two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, finished third.
Rookie Ricky Stenhouse was fourth. His finished earned him the series Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award.
Rookie Trevor Bayne was fifth – it was his sixth top-five finish of the season – and Carl Edwards was sixth.
Danica Patrick, who qualified fifth, finished 19th.
Asked about his chances of sweeping Homestead, Busch said, “The Cup car is pretty good. I like it. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) has done a really nice job. It’s just going to be all about patience and coming through the heat of the day. We’re going to have a lot of sun out there tomorrow and it’s going to be hot and it’s going to be slick so you’ve got to have a car that definitely handles well at the beginning of the run, but one that definitely handles well at the end of the run as well.”No Comment