Kyle Busch Wins His Seventh NNS Race Of Season
Kyle Busch and his fuel cell survived three green-white-checkered restarts and went on to win Saturday’s Nationwide Series Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Busch, the pole sitter, led 141 laps in collecting his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in 14 starts this season, his fourth at the Magic Mile and the 58th of his career, extending his own series record.
“Here in Loudon you want to get out front, you want to lead laps – especially at a place where it is hard to pass,” Busch said. “For me, it’s kind of like minding your own business. I like to get everyone away from me because with restarts, you put your fate in the hands of other people.”
Busch crossed the stripe at the end of the third GWC restart .466 seconds ahead of runner-up Brian Vickers, as Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Busch, Vickers and Matt Kenseth led all 213 laps of a race that went 13 laps beyond its scheduled distance.
Austin Dillon ran third and collected the $100,000 bonus as the highest-finishing series regular eligible for the Dash 4 Cash.
Brian Scott came home fourth and Michael Annett fifth, as many contenders, including last week’s Dash 4 Cash winner Elliott Sadler, ran out of fuel in the overtime.
A slow pit stop on Lap 43, resulting from difficulties in changing the right front tire, shuffled Busch back to seventh for a restart on Lap 47. Vickers grabbed the lead on the restart lap and held it for 54 straight circuits, but Busch charged through the field and regained the top spot on Lap 107 with a dive to the inside in Turn 1.
As wrecks and cautions piled up at the end of the race, most of the frontrunners faced gas crisis. But Busch, it turned out, had enough fuel to win the race and do a fairly nifty burnout.No Comment