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Kyle Busch Wins NNS Race At Indy

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 28 2013

Kyle Busch got the victory at IMS on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Brian Lawdermilk)

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Kyle Busch had some anxious moments in closing laps of Saturday’s Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he hung on to get his first win at the Brickyard.

Busch beat runner-up Brian Scott to the finish by 2.141 seconds but had to survive a wild restart with five laps to go to do it.

After harrying Scott for nearly three laps, Busch finally made the winning pass, putting an exclamation point on a dominant performance that saw him lead 92 laps.

The victory was Busch’s eighth of the NNS season in 15 starts and the 59th of his career, extending his own series record. Earlier in the day, Busch had won his 31st NNS pole, breaking a tie with Mark Martin for the all-time lead in that category.

Scott’s second-place run was the best of his career in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Logano came home third, followed by Brian Vickers and Kevin Harvick.

As the highest finishing NASCAR Nationwide regular qualified for the fourth leg of Nationwide’s Dash4Cash, Vickers claimed the final $100,000 bonus and won an additional $100,000 for Pam Nabors of Santa Cruz, Calif., the fan who was paired with Vickers in the Dash4Cash finale.

Busch was on pit road on Lap 65 when NASCAR called the second caution of the race because of fluid from Sam Hornish Jr.’s overheating engine.

Busch, however, stayed on the lead lap and regained the top spot when all the lead-lap cars ahead of him came to pit road for service under the yellow. With many drivers who came to pit road under yellow opting for new right-side tires only — among them Trevor Bayne, Vickers, Harvick and Paul Menard — Busch, on four new tires, led the field to a restart on Lap 71 with a tire advantage over most of the competition.

Logano, who had come to pit road under green on Lap 64, kept pace with Busch for two laps after the restart, but by Lap 75, the driver of the No. 54 Toyota had opened an advantage of more than one second. Busch’s lead had grown to more than two seconds by Lap 84, when Nelson Piquet Jr. brushed the wall and dropped debris on the track to cause the third caution.

A multicar incident on Lap 89 caused the final caution and set up the six-lap run to the finish.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race – Indiana 250

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

1. (1) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 100, $69625.

2. (11) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 100, $58444.

3. (13) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 100, $40050.

4. (6) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 100, $41453.

5. (15) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 100, $31575.

6. (10) Paul Menard(i), Chevrolet, 100, $28000.

7. (9) Matt Kenseth(i), Toyota, 100, $26575.

8. (18) Kevin Swindell #, Ford, 100, $33128.

9. (19) Michael Annett, Ford, 100, $31628.

10. (39) Travis Pastrana, Ford, 100, $31603.

11. (17) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 100, $29953.

12. (7) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 100, $29703.

13. (4) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 100, $30428.

14. (8) Nelson Piquet Jr. #, Chevrolet, 100, $29078.

15. (38) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 100, $29828.

16. (3) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 100, $30953.

17. (22) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 100, $28553.

18. (5) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 100, $28403.

19. (16) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 100, $28203.

20. (23) Kyle Fowler, Ford, 100, $28753.

21. (20) David Starr(i), Chevrolet, 100, $27928.

22. (30) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 100, $27803.

23. (24) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 100, $27653.

24. (25) Ryan Sieg(i), Chevrolet, 99, $21100.

25. (29) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 99, $27953.

26. (12) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 99, $20975.

27. (26) Johanna Long, Chevrolet, 98, $27253.

28. (28) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 98, $27178.

29. (27) Tanner Berryhill, Toyota, 98, $20650.

30. (37) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, 98, $27303.

31. (36) Eric McClure, Toyota, 95, $26903.

32. (35) Ken Butler, Toyota, Transmission, 90, $26778.

33. (14) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 81, $26718.

34. (2) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, Overheating, 64, $26683.

35. (31) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, Overheating, 59, $26617.

36. (21) Mike Bliss, Toyota, Engine, 41, $25008.

37. (34) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Electrical, 7, $18545.

38. (40) David Green, Toyota, Transmission, 6, $18461.

39. (32) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 6, $18300.

40. (33) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 4, $18190.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 134.61 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 51 Mins, 26 Secs. Margin of Victory: 2.141 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 4 for 18 laps.

Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K. Busch(i) 1-29; T. Bayne 30-31; K. Busch(i) 32-64; B. Vickers 65-67; K. Busch(i) 68-94; B. Scott 95-97; K. Busch(i) 98-100.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Busch(i) 4 times for 92 laps; B. Scott 1 time for 3 laps; B. Vickers 1 time for 3 laps; T. Bayne 1 time for 2 laps.

Top 10 in Points: A. Dillon – 656; R. Smith – 650; E. Sadler – 643; S. Hornish Jr. – 642; B. Vickers – 628; J. Allgaier – 621; K. Larson # – 612; B. Scott – 610; T. Bayne – 592; P. Kligerman – 589.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 28 2013
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