Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.
Photo Credit: TERRY RENNA — AP Photo
For the eleventh time this season, Kyle Busch went to Victory Lane in the No.54 Monster Energy Toyota.
During the Dollar General 300 last night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, many were hoping that a Nationwide Series regular would make it to the top. Well…they were close.
In Victory Lane, Busch announced that he and wife Samantha were donating all the race winnings to the Pretty in Pink Foundation to combat breast cancer.
“I didn’t think we were going to win the thing, but somehow I got to the top (of the track) and started making time and was able to get back up there (to the lead),” Busch said. “I certainly want to do this tomorrow night also (in the Sprint Cup race).”
Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr battled hard to get past the pole-sitter in the closing laps of the race but finished 2nd and 3rd behind Busch. Dillon now leads the championship points standings by eight over Hornish.
“We had three guys fighting it out there till the end with everything we had,” Dillon said. “It was a heck of a race. I told Sam it was the best race I felt like I was a part of all year, slicing and dicing out there.”
Other notable finishes:
6th: Justin Allgaier
8th: Trevor Bayne
12th: Brian Scott
13th: Kyle Larson
14th: Ryan Reed
17th: Johanna Long
18th: Alex Bowman
19th: Regan Smith
31stL Brian Vickers (Accident)
36th: Elliott Sadler (Accident)
There were a lot of fast cars on the track this weekend as the Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series all compete this weekend at Chicagoland.
After a set of practices on Friday, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson split the honors at the top of the board. Larson, a Rookie in the series this year, topped the leaderboard in first practice with a speed of 177.055mph. Larson is currently sits 9th in series points and will be taking over the No.42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014.
Topping the leaderboard after the checkered flag waved for second practice was Austin Dillon. The cool evening track and air temperatures allowed him to run a lap much quicker than Larson’s at 179.748pmh. Dillon is also scheduled to make the move up to the Cup Series, driving for his grandfather Richard Childress.
A number of Sprint Cup Series regulars will be in the field this Saturday: Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick.
Also, there could possibly be two women in the field this weekend at Johanna Long and Maryeve Dufault attempt to qualify for the field. Long, driving for ML Motorsports, is a regular in the series while Dufault is just starting to come through the ranks in stock cars.
Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Saturday at 12:05 p.m. ET., with the series’ 26th of 33 races this season set for a 3:30 p.m. ET start.
Pole Sitter: Sam Hornish Jr
Points Leader: Austin Dillon
Pre-Race: Kyle Larson has belt issues and has to pull on to pit road to buckle up. Kyle Busch is a favorite to win this race. Justin Allgaier has a little more on his mind this weekend after the birth of his daughter, Harper.
Green Flag: Turn 1 leaves Kyle Busch (54) spinning down the track. Contact with the wall bounces him into the path of Mike Wallace (01). Severe damage to both cars.
Lap 5: RESTART. Hornish (12) and Logano (48) lead the field to green.
Lap 9: Kyle Busch comes back on track but missing half his car.
Lap 16: Keseowski takes the lead from Pole Sitter Hornish.
Lap 17: CAUTION: Kenny Habul slows on track and doesn’t make it to pit road.
PIT ROAD: Allgaier has a slow pit stop. 3 cars stay out. Kligerman, Kahne, Ranger.
Lap 21: RESTART: Kligerman leads the field to green.
Lap 23: Battle for P3-P5 between Kahne, Keselowski and Hornish though the S turns leads to some fender damage for all three cars.
Lap 26: CAUTION: Trevor Bayne spins but keeps it off the wall then Joey Gase loses power in his car.
PIT ROAD: Kahne, Piquet Jr, Vickers and others hit pit road. Whose pit strategy will work this afternoon? Allgaier have some handling issues in traffic.
Lap 29: RESTART: Keselowski, Hornish and Logano make it a Penske top-3 restart.
Lap 31: Brian Scott looses multiple spots on track. Loose racecar.
Lap 41: Reports that Austin Dillon is having car issues when the car starts cutting out.
Lap 43: Kyle Larson done blown up. His day is done.
PIT STOPS: Logano, Dillon, Sadler and others hit pit road under caution.
36 to go: RESTART: Keselowski leads but a slow restart leaves Hornish out to dry and lets Smith slip by.
34 to go: Andrew Ranger spins but the track stays green.
32 to go: Scott, Bayne, Dillon, Sadler and others stop on pit road to signal the beginning of green flag stops.
25 to go: CAUTION: Debris on track. Allgaier was planning on stopping just prior to the yellow ruining his pit strategy.
PIT STOPS: Pastrana’s team fixes damage on pit road from contact that happened earlier on track.
21 to go: RESTARTL Keselowski, Logano and Hornish all battle it out through the first turns leaving Logano with the lead.
20 to go: Kahne makes contact with another car and slides across the track. No contact with the wall and no caution.
18 to go: Kahne hits pit road with a flat tire after contact two laps earlier. Keselowski and Hornish take 1st and 2nd from Logano.
15 to go: Keselowski leads Hornish by 4 car lengths.
13 to go: Allgaier and Kligerman battle hard for position. Allgaier takes 7th.
10 to go: Logano is desperately hoping for a caution flag in order to conserve fuel.
5 to go: This is Brad’s race to lose. Hornish slowly gaining.
2 to go: Kligerman and Allgaier continue to battle for 7th. Logano runs out of gas.
CHECKERED: Brad Keselowski wins making it his 4th win in 4 starts. Penske Racing led all but 8 of the 82 laps.
Points Leader: Austin Dillon
-Drew Herring, behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No.54 Monster Energy Toyota, earns his first NASCAR Nationwide Series Pole Position for the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway
-Austin Dillon enters the race as the current point’s leader, but will he leave the Midwest still in the lead?
-Brad Keselowski is the only Sprint Cup Series regular racing in Iowa
-Ryan Gifford is making his first start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. His first time in a car was for practice for this race. How will he fair tonight?
Top 10 Starting Lineup: 54-7-99-2-22-20-6-3-31-11.
Lap 1: Drew Herring leads the field to green with Regan Smith joining him on the front row.
Lap 3: Dillon already making moves up the track and advances two positions in three laps.
Lap 10: Herring continues to lead the race, something the No.54 car is used to.
Lap 24: Smith is gaining on Herring who is still the race leader.
Lap 27: Smith takes the lead, Herring drops to third.
Lap 40: Keselowski passes Herring which drops him to 4th.
Lap 42: Dillon passes Herring for 4th.
Lap 44: Only 23 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 47: Vickers goes low and moves into the Top-5.
Lap 55: Herring spins bringing out the first caution. No damage to the No.54.
Fast Fact: This was the longest green flag run to start a Nationwide Series Race so far this season.
Pit Stops: Lead lap cars hit pit road for adjustments and 4 tires. Kenny Wallace gets the free pass. Keselowski’s team has a tire outside of the box which leaves him starting at the tail end of the longest line. Sadler gains the most spots with three on pit road.
Lap 61: Restart top-3 are Smith, Vickers and Scott.
Lap 62: Herring sitting in 13th after his spin.
Lap 74: Keselowski into the top-20 after starting in the back on the restart.
Lap 86: Charging to the front is point’s leader Austin Dillon who takes over the race lead.
Lap 89: Keselowski up to 13th.
Lap 100: Austin Dillon still leading the race: 150 laps to go.
Lap 109: Hornish and Wallace come close to touching, but no harm.
Lap 113: Dillon has a lead of more than 3.5 seconds over second place.
Lap 117: An interesting battle unfolds between Hornish and Bayne for third place.
Lap 120: Only 17 cars on the lead lap. Dillon still race leader.
Lap 140: Fluid on track from the No.40 of Reed Sorenson bringing out the caution flag.
Pit Stops: Keselowski, after reporting that the car was overheating, takes a long pit stop to check over the car. Parker Kligerman is the biggest mover after gaining 4 spots.
Lap 147: Green flag: Top-5: Dillon, Smith, Hornish, Bayne, Vickers
Lap 148: Allgaier makes an aggressive move which sends his from 9th to 14th.
Lap 154: Kyle Larson keeps moving up the grid. Up to sixth and gaining.
Lap 171: 4.6 seconds: that is the gap between race leader Dillon and second place Smith.
Lap 180: The big question on the track is fuel mileage. Can teams make it the rest of the way?
Lap 183: Dillon will have to back it down if he wants to make it to the end without a gas-n-go stop.
Lap 195: Larson breaks into the top-5 after passing Vickers.
Lap 196: Keselowski is up to sixth after a heating issue and pit road penalty. The worst he has ever finished at Iowa is 4th.
Lap 199: Caution for Pastrana after a left rear tire blows and he makes contact with the wall.
Pit Stops: Fuel Strategy goes out the window as leaders hit pit road. The big question is what to go with: 2 tires? 4 tires? Which will work? Bayne, Vickers, Sadler and Smith all take two and will be you top four starters. Dillon, Hornish, Keselowski, Scott, Larson and Herring take four and round out your top 10.
Lap 205: Bayne, who won the last race here at Iowa, leads the field to green. Will 2 tires be enough to hold on to P1?
Lap 206: Pole Sitter Herring taps the wall and has a slight tire rub on the No.54.
Lap 207: Vickers takes over the race lead.
Lap 215: Keselowski takes the lead from Vickers.
Lap 223: Caution for Richard Harriman
Pit Stops: Brad Sweet is the free pass. 17 cars on the lead lap. Back of the pack cars pit including 12th place Regan Smith for 4 tires and changes to the car.
Lap 226: Restart order: Keselowski, Vickers, Sadler, Hornish, Dillon, Bayne Kligerman, Larson, Annett, Scott.
Lap 229: Kligerman gets loose and loses spots. Drops to 15th
Lap 234: Gifford breaks into the top-10 as he takes over ninth place.
Lap 236: Keselowski, Hornish, Vickers, Dillon, Larson are your top-5.
Lap 240: Dillon drops to 5th after leading the most laps during the race.
Lap 245: Hornish is sitting in second behind Keselowski.
Checkered Flag: Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup Driver in the field, takes the win at Iowa. Hornish finishes close behind.
-This was Keselowski’s 23rd career Nationwide Series win
-Dillon remains the point’s leader with a 14 point lead over Smith
-Ryan Gifford, in his first start in the Nationwide Series, finishes with an impressive 9th place finish.
No.22: Brad Keselowski
No.12: Sam Hornish Jr
No.20: Brian Vickers
No.3: Austin Dillon
No.32: Kyle Larson
No.54: Drew Herring
No.99: Alex Bowman
No.11: Elliott Sadler
No.33: Ryan Gifford
No.10: Trevor Bayne
Jimmie Johnson likes to make history. His biggest history making accomplishment thus far has been winning five straight Sprint Cup Series Championships. Saturday in Daytona, Johnson added one more major accomplishment to his resume, a Daytona sweep.
After taking the win in the Great American Race to kick off the season, Johnson came back to the track for the second time this season and showed the racing world just what he was made of. Johnson’s victory in the Coke Zero 400 made him the first driver in more than 30 years to sweep the Daytona races in more than 30 years.
The last driver to accomplish such a feat was legendary driver Bobby Allison back in 1982; 31 years ago.
“I don’t think I made a bad move tonight. I’m pretty proud of that,” Johnson said after the race. “Gosh, growing up in Southern California and watching Bobby Allison … to do anything Bobby has done is pretty special.”
Johnson’s win in Daytona kept him on top of the points standings and also tied him with Matt Kenseth with the most wins this season; four. Johnson has spent all but two weeks at the top of the standings this season. To say he has dominated this season would be an understatement.
After two seasons of missing out on the coveted Championship trophy, Johnson is more determined than ever to return to the top where he belongs. Mr. Five-Time, as his fans have dubbed him, is on a quest to be the best driver NASCAR has ever had. If he can win two more championships before he retires, he will tie the legendary Dale Earnhardt and the King Richard Petty. But that isn’t what Johnson wants; he wants more.
Johnson’s goal before he hangs up the fire suit is simple, eight Championships, something that no driver has ever accomplished before. Johnson is well on his way to getting his six-pack, and no, I’m not talking about his fitness level. If Johnson and the rest of the No.48 crew from Hendrick Motorsports keep on the path that they have been on this season, being on the top of the standings after the checkered flag flies in Homestead won’t be too far of a reach.
Only four other drivers have accomplished what Johnson did on Saturday night and him adding his name to that list something that Johnson fans and race fans alike will remember for a long time. Johnson and his team show no signs of slowing down and don’t look for this to be the last time he makes history this season.
Dash 4 Cash Contenders: Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers, Kyle Larson
Pole Sitter: Austin Dillon
Points Leader at Green: Regan Smith
GREEN FLAG: Austin Dillon and Travis Pastrana lead the field to green with Pastrana taking the lead thanks to help from Brian Scott (No.2)
Lap 3: Pastrana and Scott attempt a switch and loose the lead. A. Dillon to the point.
Lap 4: Dillon and Sadler loose the lead to Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish
Lap 6: Lead Change: Dillon and Kurt Busch
Lap 8: Sam Hornish Jr takes the lead with help from Logano
Lap 32: Regan Smith takes the lead from Hornish by separating him from Logano
Lap 34: Hornish and Logano take the lead back
Lap 34: Green Flag pit stops start
Lap 38: Brian Vickers comes out on top after green flag stops cycle through
Lap 41: Hornish takes the lead once again
Lap 48: Caution for debris: Most teams hit pit road.
Lap 52: Restart: Sadler takes the lead shortly after the green flag
34 to go: Hornish to the lead again
30 to go: Reed Sorenson blows up to bring out the second caution flag.
28 to go: Under caution, teams hot pit road with Logano coming out on top
23 to go: Vickers takes the lead on the restart
22 to go: Vickers slides into the grass from the lead. No caution
21 to go: Rookie Kyle Larson takes the lead for the first time
18 to go: Hornish takes the lead again. Vickers now rides 33rd.
14 to go: Matt Kenseth takes the lead. The No.01 loses power and attempts to hit pit road
11 to go: Caution for the No.01 of Mike Wallace. Loses power on the car before pit road
7 to go: Green flag. Hornish to the lead for a moment but Kenseth quickly takes point
6 to go: Hornish/Logano and Kenseth/Buescher battle for the lead
4 to go: Austin Dillon takes the lead as a huge crash erupts behind them then Pastrana clips the nose of Cole Whitt.
Red Flag: Pastrana, Robert Richardson, Jason White, and Jeffrey Earnheardt take the brunt of the damage
Sam Hornish led 67 of the 101 laps, pushed by Joey Logano but they sit 9th and 10th with 4 laps to go.
GWC: Kenseth and A. Dillon lead the field to green.
2 to go: Kenseth/James Buescher/Sadler take it triple tandem
White Flag: Kenseth and Buescher pull away
Checkers: Kenseth, Buescher, Sadler, Kurt Busch, A.Dillon, Larson, Hornish, Smith, Logano and Bayne are your top-10.
Sadler wins the Dash4Cash $10,000
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
Tuesday is going to be a tough day for more than 30 different cars across two of NASCARs top series when it comes to penalties and sanctions. During tech inspection on Thursday in preparation for the Coke Zero 400, NASCAR officials found 16 different Sprint Cup Series teams to have modified roof flap spacers on their cars.
The following Sprint Cup teams were found with the modified Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Trevor Bayne, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip and Martin Truex Jr.
Along with the 16 Sprint Cup teams, the violations led NASCAR to check the rook flaps of the Nationwide Series teams too.
Bayne, Busch, Brian Vickers, Cole Whitt, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Landon Cassill, Kenseth, Blake Koch, Mike Bliss, Michael Annett, Travis Pastrana, Reed Sorenson, Robert Richardson, Jason White and Dexter Stacey.
According to NASCAR, “the roof flaps are built to deploy and allow air to escape from inside the cockpit of the car if the car is spun, lessening the chance it would become airborne.”
The roof flap spacers confiscated from the various teams weren’t all modified the same way. Some had holes drilled in them, others were the wrong size.
Sanctions and penalties for these modified parts will likely be handed down on Tuesday from NASCAR.
Sunday was a shocker to all when Tony Stewart seemingly came out of nowhere to take home the victory at Dover International Speedway. This season has been a bit of a slump thus far for Stewart-Haas Racing but after a good showing at the Coca-Cola 600 and then a win at Dover, could their season finally be looking up?
Stewart may have slayed the monster that is Dover but is this the start of the Stewart we all know and love? Stewart was off to one of the worst starts of his career, only logging two top-10s in the first 12 races. Stewart is usually at his best once the hot summer months roll around so seeing him win at Dover was right up his alley.
Looking at the beginning of 2013, many have thought that Stewart would miss the Chase this season, but with his win, he is eligible for a wild card spot if he does not make it into the top-10 by Chicago. His average finish this season is 20th and the first 10 races saw him sitting below 20th in points. He is currently sitting 16th in points with one win, holding on to the second wild card spot. I wouldn’t count Stewart out of the Chase just yet. He is just starting to hit his stride in the season and could easily make it into the top-10 in points before the Chase begins.
Stewart’s teammate Ryan Newman has seemed to be fairing the best this season at Stewart-Haas Racing. With six top-10 finishes, he leads the SHR Trio with the highest finishing average. Newman also leads the trio in DNF’s as well. His up-and-down season may not be the most consistent but it kept him in the top-20 in points all season. After the wreck at Dover left him with a 36th place finish, Newman dropped to 20th in the standings but he won’t be there for long.
Newman is said to be leaving Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season although where he will be going is still up in the air. Having a good final season in the 39 will be key in him landing a great ride for 2014.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s third driver may be one of the most popular in the circuit but what people have to remember, she is also a Rookie in the Sprint Cup Series. Since taking the world by storm in the season opening Daytona 500, Danica Patrick has been less than stellar, but she hasn’t been awful either. She finished an impressive 12th in her first appearance at Martinsville Speedway that garnished the attention of some of the best drivers in the field. Other than her 12th place and 8th place finish at Daytona, Patrick has finished outside the top-20 every time.
With an average start of 26th, Patrick hasn’t been too far from her boss Stewart. In fact, she has been him in a few races already this season. As a Rookie Driver, and looking at the performance of her two teammates, Patrick has done well to kick off her first full Sprint Cup Season. As the series heads back to some of these tracks for a second time, look for Patrick to improve from her first time there. There are also two more plate track races and a few road courses coming up and they will play well into Patrick’s skill set.
Looking at Stewart-Haas Racing as an organization so far this season, they have definitely had their struggles and hard races but they seem to be tuning over a new leaf. Don’t count Stewart-Haas Racing out just yet, their three drivers are just warming up.
~ Austin Dillon sits on the pole
~ Joey Logano has won the last 2 races here, can he make it three?
Green: Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr on the front row with Kyle Busch lurking in 3rd. Dillon leads lap 1.
Lap 5: Busch gets loose and saves it alongside Hornish. Loses 3rd to Kasey Kahne.
Lap 20: Dillon is off to a great start. In the lead since Lap 1.
Lap 35: After getting around Hornish, Busch takes the lead away from Dillon.
Lap 45: Joe Nemechek hits the wall to bring out the first caution after a tire blows. Takes it to the garage.
Pit Stops: Major changes for Kenseth, Busch, Hornish. Dillon comes out first. Busch fifth.
Pit Stop Uh-Oh: Parker Kligerman carries his jack off of pit road under his car. Forced to pit again.
Lap 53: Dillon leads the field to green but is quickly taken over by Joey Logano.
Lap 58: Allgaier, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott battle hard for 10th. Allgaier gets the spot.
REPORT: Mark Armstrong, front tire changer for Parker Kligerman, was hit in the leg by the jack stuck under his drivers’ car. He was replaced on pit road by the tire changer from Nemechek (in garage).
Lap 71: Busch has moved into second and gets loose in the turns again. Few tenths faster than race leader Logano.
Lap 79: Dillon and Kahne fight hard for 4th. Dillon fighting a bad change from last pit stop.
Lap 79: Elliott Sadler hits loose and hits the wall on the driver’s side. Takes it to pit road.
Pit Stops: Changes for most of the leaders. Dillon wins race off of pit road by only taking 2 tires.
Lap 85: Dillon and Trevor Bayne on front row. Kenseth stalls on pit road and goes from 3rd to 11th.
Lap 86: Bayne takes the lead for the first time today.
Lap 90: Busch is stalking Bayne in second. Takes the pass on the high side for the lead.
Lap 94: Battle fir 2nd between Logano, Bayne and Kahne heats up. Logano takes it.
Halfway: Busch still leads. Dillon’s 2 tire change is losing him spots fast. Down to 5th.
Lap 111: Allgaier and Ty Dillon battle hard for 10th.
Lap 112: Kyle Larson gains another position for 14th. After a great run at Bristol earlier this year, this is surprising.
Lap 113: Caution out for Mike Wallace after a bump from Kahne. Hits hard in the inside wall.
Pit Stops: Minor adjustments and tire changes for lead lap cars. Kahne wins race off of pit road with a 2 tire stop.
REPORT: Wallace’s front splinter is stuck in the safer barrier… makes for a longer caution.
Lap 121: Busch doesn’t get a good restart leaving Kahne to the lead.
Lap 122: Caution #4 for a car stalled just off the track.
Lap 128: Restart with Kahne and Busch up front. Busch gets the jump with 4 fresher tires to Kahne’s 2.
Lap 133: Larson, Pastrana, Annette and Scott digging through the field; all in the top-20.
45 to go: Busch is still leading but tailed by Kahne. Gap growing between the two of them and 3rd place.
42 to go: Logano dropping back in the field after leading laps mid race.
39 to go: Slide by Dexter Stacey leads to a caution flag.
Pit Stops: With most teams taking 2 tires, Busch leaves pit road 10th after taking 4.
34 to go: Logano leads with Vickers lurking in second. Three-wide deep in the field.
30 to go: Kahne, Busch and Regan Smith battle for 7th.
20 to go: Logano has over a second lead on second place Vickers.
18 to go: Kahne and Busch have been racing each other hard since the restart trying to make it to the front.
14 to go: Ty Dillon brings the No.33 down pit road with a bad vibration.
5 to go: Busch has made it to 5th. Logano still leads.
3 to go: Kenseth is catching Vickers and Vickers is catching leader Logano.
CHECHERED FlAG: Joey Logano makes it three-in-a-row at Dover leading 66 laps and dethrones Kyle Busch.
22 Joey Logano
20 Brian Vickers
18 Matt Kenseth
6 Trevor Bayne
54 Kyle Busch
5 Kasey Kahne
12 Sam Hornish Jr
3 Austin Dillon
7 Regan Smith
32 Kyle Larson
- Pole Position: Austin Dillon
- 5 Sprint Cup Series regulars in the race: Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth
- Points Leader Regan Smith headed into Charlotte with 7 straight Top-10 finishes
Green Flag: Pole Sitter Austin Dillon chooses the outside lane and leads the first lap followed by Busch and Brian Scott.
Lap 2: Kyle Busch takes the lead.
Lap 7: Kyle Busch puts a large gap between 2nd place Joey Logano and it keeps growing.
Lap 9: The No16 of Chris Buescher gets loose and slaps the wall, race stays green.
Lap 18: Brian Vickers gets around Logano for second but is still trailing Busch my 2.4 seconds.
Lap 20: The battle for 4th between Kenseth and Scott and 8th Kahne and Dillon are heating up.
Lap 33: Logano and Dillon have handling issues and are threatening to drop them from the Top-10.
Lap 39: Debris is Turn 3 brings out the first caution and brings Busch’s 3.6sec lead to zero. Johanna Long is the Lucky Dog.
Lap 43: Green Flag! Busch, Vickers, Smith, Hornish, Dillon are your Top-5
Lap 44: 3-wide in the front lets Hornish take the lead.
Lap 45: Caution 2: Robert Richardson gets loose and hits the wall collecting Johanna Long. Both take their cars to the garage.
Lap 52: Hornish chooses the inside lane and is taken over by Busch.
Lap 87: Jon Wes Townley hits the wall and brings out the 3rd Caution:
Lap 89: Vickers beats Busch off of pit road… just barely.
Lap 92: Busch takes the lead on the restart.
Lap 95: Justin Allgaier battles his racecar and loses 5 spots in 3 laps.
HALFWAY! Surprise! Kyle Busch is dominating this race!
Lap 115: Busch Vickers, Hornish, Kahne, Dillon, Smith, Harvick, Logano, Larson, Scott run Top-10
Lap 120: Long green flag leaves ample time for Clint Bowyer to make funny comments up in the booth.
Lap 125: Vickers, Kahne and Hornish battle hard for 2rd.
Lap 130: Yup, Kyle Busch is still leading.
Lap 154: Caution for debris takes away Busch’s almost 4 second lead. Very few lead lap cars pit.
Lap 157: Restart with Busch and Kahne up front. Busch takes the lead.
26 to go: Annette and Hornish get lose and somehow miss the wall… and each other.
23 to go: Caution 4 for a spin by Reed Sorenson.
17 to go: Restart: Busch leads and caution flies for Dakoda Armstrong hitting the wall.
13 to go: Restart: Busch leads again with Kahne close behind.
10 to go: Busch and Kahne break away from the pack. Can Kahne catch Busch?
5 to go: Busch begins to pull away from Kahne. Hornish in 3rd is 3 seconds back from Kahne.
WINNER: Kyle Busch takes his 6th win of the season in the Nationwide Series after dominating the race like only Busch does. Busch ties Mark Martin for most wins in the Nationwide Series in a season.
54 Kyle Busch (186 laps led)
5 Kasey Kahne
22 Joey Logano
4 Kyle Larson
5 Kevin Harvick
6 Trevor Bayne
31 Justin Allgaier
18 Matt Kenseth
7 Regan Smith
77 Parker Kligerman