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Busch Adds Another Victory At Bristol

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 19 2011

Kyle Busch does the Bristol bow after winning the Nationwide race Saturday. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)


Kyle Busch was, well, Kyle Busch at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday as he won the Nationwide Series race with relative ease.

Busch, who swept three races in one weekend at Bristol last year, beat Kasey Kahne to the finish line by .5 seconds in the Scotts Easy Seed 300 Saturday.

He led 266 laps in getting the victory at the .533-mile track.

“It was all in the team,” Busch said. “These guys gave me a great race car. We unloaded yesterday and played around a lot with different setups to see exactly what we wanted to put underneath this Z-Line Designs Camry and get it here to victory lane.

“Kasey was coming there at the end a little bit.  I just felt like those restarts were going to be pivotal there to get a jump out and get ahead.”

In his 206th start, Busch led his 10,000th lap in the series. That is a record. Busch, who swept the Bristol weekend in August, is the first back-to-back winner at the track since Steve Grissom in 1995.

“It’s big and anytime you’re able to break any kind of series record with the likes of Sam

Nationwide Series cars line up before start of the Scotts EZ Seed 300.

Ard and all the guys that made this series what it is,” Busch said. “Kevin Harvick in his heyday when he was really good – just a couple years ago.  Of course, Mark Martin in his time and all the guys – (Larry) Pearson and (Tommy) Houston and all those boys.

“It’s cool and I enjoy it.  There’s still plenty more time hopefully to make some more.  You all keep making a big deal and Mark got one away from me, well I caught back up one today.  There’s still a few more before I get there, but I’m sure he’s watching and we’re hunting him down.”

Busch will have a shot at adding another Bristol victory on Sunday when he competes in the Sprint Cup race.

His crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, was asked why Busch does so well the tough, high-banked short track.

“He just does,” Ratcliff said. “I would like to think that we bring a good car here every time we show up and I would like to think that as the race goes on – like we saw today, that even when we get off a little bit on our adjustments, we’re able to rebound.  I think we are.

“I’m surrounded by a great group of guys and that’s a blessing and they just add –I get the credit for it, but behind the scenes they just do a great job.  I don’t know what it is.  It just fits his style and he adapts when things change.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third and Elliott Sadler was fourth.

Joey Logano was fifth and  Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Jason Leffler, Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola filled out the top 10.

“This is the first race I ever finished here,” Logano said. “So, after five years of trying I’m actually kind of excited about finishing one.  We were too tight the whole time with the GameStop Toyota.  We took off terrible and about 50 laps into a run it finally started going for me.  We were just too late and would lose too much track position on restarts.  Live and learn – we’ll come back next time.”

Only 11 drivers finished on the lead lap.

On lap 248, Danica Patrick made contact with the Toyota of Ryan Truex, spun and

Danica Patrick shows her displeasure after crashing at Bristol Saturday. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

slammed nose-first into the Turn 1 wall. Patrick, who was running two laps down in 17th at the time, thought Truex moved off the frontstretch wall into her racing line.

“We were racing there for a while, side-by-side,” Truex said. “My car was really loose for about half the race.  I just came off the corner dead sideways.  I was either backing into the wall or going down the hill and hoping to save it.  I came off and came up – the right rear just almost hit the wall and came down to save it.

“She (Patrick) was there and came down on her and pretty much ended her day.  I feel bad about that.  It wasn’t on purpose and I’m sorry.  I guess it’s a racing deal –it’s Bristol, its tight and things like that happen.  I definitely feel bad about it.”

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 19 2011
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