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Kyle Busch Easy Winner In Fontana

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 23 2013

Kyle Busch is a NNS winner again. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Kyle Busch’s ran away to victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Busch finished .834 seconds ahead of points leader Sam Hornish Jr. to claim his sixth win at the two-mile track and the ninth straight for Joe Gibbs Racing, extending the record for consecutive victories for a Nationwide car owner at a single speedway.

Busch also extended his own record for career wins in the series, pushing that number to 54. The six wins at a single track ties his personal best; Busch also has six NNS victories at Charlotte.

Regan Smith rallied from a lap down — the result of an early flat tire — to claim third, with Parker Kligerman running fourth in a Toyota owned by Busch. Austin Dillon came home fifth, followed by rookie Kyle Larson.

Hornish led by more than a half second over Busch when Jason White’s spin through the frontstretch grass caused the fourth caution of the afternoon on Lap 110.

Brad Keselowski stayed on the track under the caution and led Hornish and Busch (who took fuel only under the yellow) to the green flag on Lap 116. Before the cars reached Turn 1, however, Hornish had reclaimed the top spot from his Penske Racing teammate, with Busch in hot pursuit.

Hornish held the point until Busch passed him on Lap 126, and from that point on Busch paced the field.

Hornish increased his series lead to 28 points over Smith, who passed 11th-place finisher Justin Allgaier for second in the standings.

RACE RESULTS

1. (1) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 150, $74525.

2. (7) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 150, $62025.

3. (16) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 150, $50825.

4. (8) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 150, $40975.

5. (11) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 150, $33525.

6. (9) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 150, $30750.

7. (2) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 150, $29175.

8. (12) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 150, $26050.

9. (15) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 150, $25660.

10. (17) Kevin Swindell #, Ford, 150, $20575.

11. (18) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 150, $25150.

12. (6) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 150, $25150.

13. (14) Travis Pastrana, Ford, 150, $24750.

14. (22) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 150, $24565.

15. (13) Dakoda Armstrong(i), Chevrolet, 150, $25605.

16. (5) Nelson Piquet Jr. #, Chevrolet, 150, $24670.

17. (19) Reed Sorenson, Ford, 150, $24110.

18. (10) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 150, $24075.

19. (4) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 150, $18415.

20. (24) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 150, $24255.

21. (23) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 149, $23820.

22. (21) Brad Sweet, Chevrolet, 149, $23485.

23. (26) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 149, $17400.

24. (34) Hal Martin #, Toyota, 148, $23240.

25. (29) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 147, $23580.

26. (40) Dexter Stacey #, Ford, 147, $22995.

27. (37) Eric McClure, Toyota, 147, $22860.

28. (27) Daryl Harr, Chevrolet, 147, $16740.

29. (38) Juan Carlos Blum #, Ford, 146, $22565.

30. (36) Carl Long, Ford, 145, $22755.

31. (39) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, 143, $22325.

32. (33) Blake Koch, Toyota, Overheating, 130, $22215.

33. (35) Jason White, Toyota, Accident, 107, $22100.

34. (3) Brian Vickers, Toyota, Engine, 53, $22739.

35. (28) Paulie Harraka, Ford, Engine, 42, $21880.

36. (30) Michael McDowell(i), Toyota, Handling, 19, $14595.

37. (20) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 18, $14475.

38. (31) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Vibration, 7, $14365.

39. (25) Scott Riggs(i), Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 5, $14115.

40. (32) Joey Gase, Toyota, Engine, 4, $14080.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 141.528 mph.

Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 07 Mins, 11 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.834 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 4 for 17 laps.

Lead Changes: 17 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K. Busch(i) 0; E. Sadler 1-18; K. Busch(i) 19-35; J. Clements 36; K. Busch(i) 37-40; S. Hornish Jr. 41-42; K. Busch(i) 43-49; S. Hornish Jr. 50-52; K. Busch(i) 53-54; S. Hornish Jr. 55; K. Busch(i) 56-81; J. Nemechek 82-84; K. Busch(i) 85-95; B. Scott 96-98; S. Hornish Jr. 99-110; B. Keselowski(i) 111-115; S. Hornish Jr. 116-125; K. Busch(i) 126-150.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Busch(i) 7 times for 92 laps; S. Hornish Jr. 5 times for 28 laps; E. Sadler 1 time for 18 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 1 time for 5 laps; B. Scott 1 time for 3 laps; J. Nemechek 1 time for 3 laps; J. Clements 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: S. Hornish Jr. – 210; R. Smith – 182; B. Scott – 179; J. Allgaier – 178; A. Dillon – 172; T. Bayne – 163; K. Larson # – 156; P. Kligerman – 154; E. Sadler – 154; A. Bowman # – 152.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 23 2013
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