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Kyle Busch Gives Nationwide Foes A History Lesson

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Kyle Busch dominated Saturday's Nationwide Series race in Charlotte. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Brian Lawdermilk)

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Kyle Busch held off Kasey Kahne during a closing, 13-lap green-flag run to win Saturday’s History 300 Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and continue his wholesale revision of NASCAR’s record books.

Busch beat Kahne to the finish line by .939 seconds to claim a record seventh NNS victory at Charlotte, breaking a tie with Mark Martin for supremacy at the speedway. In winning for the sixth time in nine starts this season, Busch extended his record for all-time NNS wins to 57.

Busch led 186 of 200 laps, a personal best on a 1.5-mile speedway.

Joey Logano ran third, followed by rookie Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick. Trevor Bayne, Justin Allgaier, Matt Kenseth, Parker Kligerman and series leader Regan Smith completed the top 10.

With 50 laps left, Busch had a lead of 3.897 seconds over Sam Hornish Jr. immediately after a round of green-flag pit stops, but a caution on Lap 153 bunched the field for a restart on Lap 158.

Busch pulled away again, but caution flew again on Lap 165 when Travis Pastrana’s Ford spun off Turn 2 and plowed nose-first into the inside wall. Busch and Kahne were among eight drivers who stayed out under the yellow, but Harvick came to pit road for fresh tires, restarted 10th on Lap 173 and was up to fourth when Reed Sorenson’s spin caused caution No. 6 on Lap 178.

Despite the older rubber, Busch held the top spot after a restart with 17 laps left, but a collision between Michael Annett and Dakoda Armstrong on Lap 184 reset the field again, with Busch, Kahne, Harvick and Kligerman running first through fourth for a restart on Lap 188.

History 300 Nationwide race

Saturday, May 25, 2013

1. (2) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 200, $57050.

2. (11) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 200, $40950.

3. (6) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 200, $31575.

4. (18) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 200, $34675.

5. (16) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 200, $22925.

6. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 200, $25000.

7. (14) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200, $23875.

8. (9) Matt Kenseth(i), Toyota, 200, $17000.

9. (5) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 200, $22250.

10. (10) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, $22650.

11. (3) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 200, $21025.

12. (7) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 200, $20375.

13. (20) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 200, $20750.

14. (1) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $27675.

15. (4) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, $20180.

16. (13) Nelson Piquet Jr. #, Chevrolet, 200, $18675.

17. (33) Michael Annett, Ford, 200, $18450.

18. (17) Kevin Swindell, Ford, 200, $18225.

19. (15) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 200, $18150.

20. (8) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 200, $18550.

21. (24) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 199, $12125.

22. (22) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 198, $17900.

23. (36) Hal Martin #, Toyota, 197, $17850.

24. (34) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 196, $17785.

25. (40) Steve Wallace, Ford, 196, $12225.

26. (30) Kyle Fowler, Ford, 196, $17715.

27. (29) Dexter Stacey #, Ford, 194, $17680.

28. (35) Juan Carlos Blum #, Chevrolet, 194, $17645.

29. (27) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, 188, $11600.

30. (32) Eric McClure, Toyota, 186, $17855.

31. (19) Dakoda Armstrong(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 183, $11520.

32. (31) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 174, $17475.

33. (25) Travis Pastrana, Ford, Accident, 163, $17430.

34. (23) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, Electrical, 162, $17400.

35. (26) John Wes Townley(i), Toyota, Accident, 160, $11369.

36. (28) Johanna Long, Chevrolet, 155, $16600.

37. (38) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Engine, 146, $16575.

38. (12) Chris Buescher, Ford, 134, $16556.

39. (37) Jason White, Toyota, Suspension, 110, $16435.

40. (39) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 45, $16330.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  129.917 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 18 Mins, 33 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.939 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  7 for 33 laps.

Lead Changes:  9 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   A. Dillon 1; K. Busch(i) 2-44; S. Hornish Jr. 45-51; K. Busch(i) 52-88; B. Vickers 89-91; K. Busch(i) 92-148; K. Swindell 149; K. Busch(i) 150-157; S. Hornish Jr. 158-159; K. Busch(i) 160-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Busch(i) 5 times for 186 laps; S. Hornish Jr. 2 times for 9 laps; B. Vickers 1 time for 3 laps; A. Dillon 1 time for 1 lap; K. Swindell 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: R. Smith – 376; S. Hornish Jr. – 347; J. Allgaier – 336; E. Sadler – 331; B. Vickers – 327; P. Kligerman – 322; A. Dillon – 321; B. Scott – 313; K. Larson # – 288; A. Bowman # – 282.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 25 2013
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