Kyle Busch Wins NNS Race At Bristol
Kyle Busch won his sixth NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway short track Friday night.
The victory was his ninth of the season and the series-record 60th of his career.
In winning for the 15th time at Bristol across NASCAR’s top three series, Busch led 228 of 250 laps. The pole he won earlier in the day was his sixth of the season. Each time, Busch has gone on to win the race.
The victory set up a try for a second weekend sweep at Bristol for Busch, who started with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win on Wednesday night. To win Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race in the Sprint Cup Series, however, Busch will have to come from the back of the field, having spun during his Cup qualifying attempt Friday afternoon.
“I don’t know,” Busch said when asked about chances for a sweep. “It’s going to be tough tomorrow that’s for sure. You always save the best and hardest one for last, but I feel like we had a good car today in practice and there was some times where we showed some speed. A lot of cars could run the same speed. We see that all the time. Over here in the Nationwide car I felt like I had a little bit better car in practice and it sort of showed in the race.
“Starting deep in the field like that, you’re going to have to be patient, but you can’t be too patient or the leaders will be bearing down on you if you get stuck in traffic and can’t go anywhere. That’s what Bristol is all about. We’ll just have to continue to cut through traffic tomorrow and hopefully the bottom works. If I get a good handling car on the bottom then I can make some hay down there. It’s going to be a train around the top for sure.”
Austin Dillon ran third behind Busch and Brad Keselowski. Justin Allgaier was fourth followed by rookie Kyle Larson.
“We obviously had a pretty good car,” Keselowski said. “I think we started 14th or 15th and got up in the front few on the first run and then had amazing pit stops today. This was a really, really good indicator and a strong reminder of why I drive this car and I’m part of this series to work with those guys and try to be better there and showcased today that effort. So I was really, really proud of them for that. We just came up a little bit short obviously on the track and just didn’t quite have enough speed to get by Kyle. He definitely had pretty good speed. I got close to him, but not close enough.”
Brian Vickers’ wreck out of Turn 4 on Lap 167 continued a succession of trouble for series championship contenders. By the time Vickers nosed into the inside wall on the frontstretch, Regan Smith already had lost two laps pitting under green because of a loose wheel.
Sam Hornish Jr., the points leader entering the race, also struggled, losing a lap to Busch on the track. Shortly after a restart on Lap 179, Hornish’s Ford slapped the outside wall in Turn 4 and fell back to 13th, one lap down.
“When things started missing I figured it was going to come apart and it turned out it was a spark plug wire issue,” Hornish said. “It’s unfortunate we let them close back in again, but Bristol really isn’t one of my strongest tracks. I feel like I can come here and run in the top five, but winning is different. Most of the other tracks I feel like if I do the right things, I’m going to present myself an opportunity to win. I knew that tonight was going to be rough and our Snap-On Ford Mustang I definitely believe was a top-five race car if we had all eight cylinders.
“I’m real proud of the guys and all the work that they did. They gave me a good car. I don’t know if I jinxed myself, but I said over the last couple of weeks that if we can get through these races and do what we need to do and minimize our bad days to be a 15th-place finish instead of a 35th that we’ll be alright and low and behold we get ourselves into a 12th-place. But it was a hard-fought 12th and I feel like we did what we could do with having our problem for almost 200 laps of the race. It turned out pretty good for us.”
Elliott Sadler also went a lap down with an ill-handling car but got it back with a free pass as the highest-scored lapped car after the caution for Vickers’ accident. Sadler finished 10th, two positions ahead of Hornish. Smith was 21st and Vickers 24th.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Race – Food City 250
Bristol Motor Speedway
1. (1) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 250, $53315.
2. (15) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 250, $37650.
3. (6) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 250, $36975.
4. (4) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 250, $34225.
5. (5) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 250, $29650.
6. (8) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 250, $26800.
7. (3) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 250, $26035.
8. (16) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 250, $19895.
9. (2) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 250, $25650.
10. (25) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 249, $27400.
11. (21) Michael Annett, Ford, 248, $25375.
12. (13) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 248, $25075.
13. (11) Travis Pastrana, Ford, 248, $24975.
14. (17) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 248, $18910.
15. (20) Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, 248, $20040.
16. (29) Jeff Green, Toyota, 248, $24830.
17. (18) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 247, $24785.
18. (24) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 246, $24740.
19. (19) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, 246, $18705.
20. (26) Chad Hackenbracht(i), Toyota, 246, $25340.
21. (7) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 246, $24600.
22. (30) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 246, $24555.
23. (36) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 246, $24495.
24. (22) Nelson Piquet Jr. #, Chevrolet, 246, $24460.
25. (23) Kevin Swindell #, Ford, 246, $24875.
26. (27) Ryan Reed, Ford, 245, $24335.
27. (35) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 245, $24275.
28. (31) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 245, $24185.
29. (28) Kyle Fowler, Ford, 244, $24145.
30. (38) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, 242, $24400.
31. (37) Blake Koch, Toyota, 241, $24065.
32. (39) Brad Teague, Toyota, 241, $24010.
33. (14) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 234, $23980.
34. (9) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 194, $23950.
35. (10) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, Accident, 165, $23919.
36. (12) Drew Herring, Toyota, Accident, 151, $22615.
37. (33) Matt DiBenedetto, Dodge, Brakes, 67, $16595.
38. (40) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Handling, 7, $16556.
39. (34) Chase Miller, Toyota, Vibration, 5, $16455.
40. (32) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, Vibration, 4, $16430.
Average Speed of Race Winner: 91.985 mph.
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 26 Mins, 55 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.831 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 4 for 32 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: K. Busch(i) 1-106; K. Larson # 107-128; K. Busch(i) 129-250.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Busch(i) 2 times for 228 laps; K. Larson # 1 time for 22 laps.
Top 10 in Points: S. Hornish Jr. – 801; A. Dillon – 795; E. Sadler – 790; R. Smith – 777; J. Allgaier – 762; B. Vickers – 761; B. Scott – 741; K. Larson # – 735; T. Bayne – 734; P. Kligerman – 696.No Comment