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Kyle Busch Wins NNS Race; Eyes The Texas Triple

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 1 2014

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Kyle Busch won his 70th career NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday when he held off Joey Logano at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch’s victory gave Joe Gibbs Racing is 100th victory in the series. The victory also puts Busch in position to pull off the Texas Triple as he also won Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at the Fort Worth track.

“Obviously,” Busch said, “it’s a special moment for all the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing and everybody in the body shop, chassis shop, engine shop – you know they’ve worked hard for a long time to get this many wins and they’ve done a great job. I’m just proud to be a part of the effort – a small part of the effort. It’s certainly a blast to drive these cars.”

Busch led the field six times for a race-high 116 laps (of 200).

“It was interesting there for a little bit,” Busch said. “I wasn’t sure we were going to have the car to race with to win today. Early on, I wouldn’t say we did, but then Adam Stevens (crew chief) made some great adjustments to the car — got us out front. When we were out front, it was fun. Playing with Joey there for a little bit today — racing hard, I mean we weren’t playing with him — he had a fast car too. Having fun racing with him. Just putting on a good show hopefully for the fans — they should enjoy that one. We were back and forth quite a few times and he was bottom — I was top. If I was bottom he was top. We were all over. So, it was fun.”

Busch and Logano traded the lead back and forth time and again during the race as Logano appeared to have the faster car on short runs and Busch on the longer runs.

“The long run is where we got beat,” Logano of Team Penske  said, “and that is when they got by us there right before that last pit stop and was able to put some ground on us and able to hold it that last run. We just have to figure out how to get the long run going. We were good up to 15 or 20 laps but then got so loose you couldn’t hang onto it and he drove away. We will have to look into that a little bit.”

Asked if he had fun racing with his former teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Logano said, “It was pretty fun. Kyle and I have raced great with each other since I started my career and we were teammates. It is kind of cool to still be able to race like we did before, race each other hard but clean, it is a lot of fun racing like that. I would rather beat him though.”

Logano’s Penske teammate, Ryan Blaney, finished third.

“We were a lot better on long runs and we were really tracking those guys down at the end,” Blaney said. “It is a shame we had to pit again. I just took off too tight there at the end to be able to run with them and run them down.

“We are getting better. We finished fifth at Kentucky and then fourth and now third. I wish we had two more. They did a great job and I am happy to have Snap-On on it and I am just really proud of these guys. It is a pretty good day, we just needed more in our short run speed.”

Busch is now a Cup victory away from pulling off the Texas Triple.

Getting that victory, though, will be tougher than tough, he said.

“I better get some rest tonight cause I got to drive my butt off tomorrow for 500 miles,” Busch said. “It ain’t going to be easy. It never is in a Cup race. I don’t know how many times I’ve won two of the three (races), but certainly we’d love to give it a shot. We’ll see how it goes. Cup car was better today. Like I said today, we got some work cut out for us. I didn’t think we were the best car today, but had some real good adjustments on pit road today by my crew chief. So, hopefully some of that stuff will carry over for tomorrow.”

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 1 2014
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