Busch Back In Victory Lane

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SPARTA, KY. - For the second time in as many races at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch battled his way into Victory Lane.

The first time it was in the ARCA RE/MAX Series on Mother’s Day weekend in 2003. This time it was in the NASCAR Busch Series “Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo” on Father’s Day weekend as a track record crowd of 72,312 looked on.

“It was definitely one of the best races I remember,” Busch said. “These guys never gave up. We got it here tonight and it’s great way to tell my dad ‘Happy Father’s Day.’”

The 19-year-old took “The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo” title and became the first driver the track’s five-year history to register wins in two different series.

He was forced to start last in the field after crashing during Friday’s final practice session. His late-race pass came as he moved his No. 5 Lowe’s/Gladiator Chevrolet to the inside of Greg Biffle and his No. 60 Charter Communications Ford coming out of Turn Four on Lap 198.

That pass resulted in Biffle finishing as the runner-up for the third time in three Busch Series races at Kentucky Speedway. He finished second to Todd Bodine by .036 of a second in 2002 and was second to Kevin Harvick in 2001.

“It was definitely great to try to pass him (Biffle) and get the lead,” Busch said. “I was just praying that a caution wouldn’t come out so we could get him under green instead of having to watch him go to Victory Lane under yellow.”

The tide of the race changed with just over 20 laps to go. After all the lead lap cars pitted under yellow with 120 laps to go, a late-race refueling stop became necessary.

Biffle stood on his brakes to come in under green with 21 laps to go and changed right side tires only. Busch, who was fourth when the caution flag came out, came in under yellow and changed four tires.

“He had four tires and I had two, it’s like if I tied one of your legs behind your back and then tried to race you across the parking lot,” Biffle said.

Busch became the sixth leader of the night when he passed Biffle. Biffle, who will drive his NEXTEL Cup car in the “DHL 400” at Michigan International Speedway, led 82 laps of the race, including 71 of the last 77 laps.

Busch records his third win, eighth top-five and 12th top-10 finish of the season. He remains second in the series standings, but cut leader Martin Truex, Jr.’s series lead to 10 points.

“To be this successful this early is definitely awesome,” he said. “I have to give everything to my team, they do an awesome job for me. You can’t just throw a brick in the seat, that’s not quite what I’m saying. Today, we had to hustle it a bit in the beginning. I probably wrecked about 10 times, just never hit anything, so it was good to be able to come away from those and be able to continue on.”

Mike Bliss (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet) came in third. Ron Hornaday, Jr. (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet) placed fourth. Jason Keller (No. 22 Meijer/Airplus Ford) rounded out the top five to take his second straight top-five finish at Kentucky Speedway. He closed out the 2003 “Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo” second to Bobby Hamilton, Jr., who finished 28th in his title defense after losing an engine on Lap 181.

Pole winner Martin Truex, Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Chevrolet), the series points leader, came in sixth.

Race Center

Food City 300

@ Bristol Motor Speedway
Friday, August 22, 2014
Radio Start:
PRN
TV Start:
ESPN, 7 p.m. (ET)

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