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Busch Wins ‘Crazy’ Talladega Nationwide Series race

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 16 2011

Kyle Busch collected the Nationwide victory at Talladega. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Erik J. Perel)

Kyle Busch won the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon and in restrictor-plate racing 2011 style, got essential help from drafting partner  Joey Logano.

Logano finished second.

Joe Nemechek finished third and Brad Keselowski was fourth.

Elliott Sadler, the polesitter, was fifth and Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne was sixth.

The race was wild from start to finish. It featured a track record 11 caution flags, and it featured 18 leaders and 57 lead changes.

It was won on the second green/white/checkered restart but it did not finish under green.

“It’s crazy out there,” Logano said afterward.

A caution came out with seven laps to go when Sam Hornish lost control as he was being pushed by teammate Brad Keselowski. The two were running at the front of the field when Hornish spun.

That set up a restart with three laps to go.  It was not the final restart, however. On the first lap when the race went green, another wreck occurred. That set up a green/white/checkered restart.

Niether was that the final restart as caution again flew on the first lap restart lap.

On the second green/white/checker restart, Mike Wallace and Joe Nemechek were on the front row when the green dropped. Keselowski pushed Wallace to the lead. Those two were passed by Bayne and his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards.

They fell back and Busch, pushed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Logano steamed past.

Shortly after they took the white flag, a crash behind which flipped Wallace, brought out the race-ending caution.

With 30 laps to go the big wreck occured. Caught in it were 16 cars, including top cars of Jamie McMurray, Mike Bliss, Steve Wallace, Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip and Busch.

The wreck brought out  the red flag for the second time during the race but it did not keep Busch out of  Victory Lane.

(This story will be updated shortly)

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 16 2011


  • kenneth says:

    What a joke — restrictor plate racing? The whole idea behind auto racing should be to go fast, handle well, and endure the requisite number of laps. Instead, NASCAR mandates choking the engines with a restrictor which limits the volume of air which can be ingested by the (old-fashioned) carburetor. dictates the shape of the vehicles, the transmissions allowed (no 4-speeds), the shock absorbers, springs, etc., allows all kinds of spoilers, aero-strips, etc. Almost as bad as the IZOD series, where all cars MUST use Honda engines. I say eliminate the restrictor plates, reduce the engine size to something like 260 c.i.d., allow fuel injection (which 99% of all cars now use), eliminate the aero-wiz-bangs, and turn the crews loose to let them make a fast, well-handling, durable car.

  • Auntwayne says:

    The 2 car racing is the worst thing to happen to Talladega. It needs to revert back to 4 or 5 years ago. The entire field would have a shot at winning then. I thought the 1st half of the race was pretty boring, but, the last half definitely made it worth watching. Junior had a good chance at the end, and I was really suprised to see Kyle win.