Busch Holds On at New Hampshire
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 13, 2013 | 6:15 P.M. EST
This is Busch's fourth win from the Coors Light Pole this season, tying Sam Ard's record for wins from the pole in a season, set in 1983. (Photo: Getty Images)
LOUDON, N.H. - As Kyle Busch celebrated his seventh NASCAR Nationwide race of the season, Elliott Sadler confronted points leader Regan Smith in the garage.
Such was how a race that needed all three attempts at a green-white-checkered and 13 extra laps ended Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Busch led the final 91 laps and had enough fuel to survive the chaotic finish. Brian Vickers took second, saying he ran out of fuel coming to the finish line. Austin Dillon placed third and won the $100,000 Dash for Cash bonus at this track for the second consecutive year. Brian Scott was fourth and Michael Annett placed a season-best fifth.
“Just glad we were able to fight through it and come to the checkered first,’’ Busch said after his 58th career series victory.
Sadler was not as fortunate.
He was third on the final restart with Smith fifth. Smith made a run on the inside and they made contact with Sadler spinning. Sadler finished 18th. Smith placed seventh. Sadler reached Smith in the garage. They had a brief exchange with Sadler telling Smith “You will not win the championship. Mark my word.’’ (Read More)
Smith has a five-point lead on Sam Hornish Jr. in the season standings. Sadler is fifth, 24 points behind Smith.
Before the Sadler-Smith incident, there were two other cautions that created green-white-checkered restarts.
The first came when Chad Hackenbracht hit the turn 2 wall to bring out the caution on lap 200. Busch pulled ahead on that restart before the caution came out again when Landon Cassill’s car stalled. Busch took the lead on the second attempt at a green-flag finish but the caution waved again for an incident involving Joey Logano, Paul Menard and Parker Kligerman. NASCAR stopped the race for about three minutes to clear the scene as many cars were close to running out of fuel.
“Had they not given us the red flag, I’m sure a lot of guys would have (run out of fuel),’’ Vickers said. “We would have. I think that was smart on (NASCAR’s) part, knowing the circumstances. Green-white-checkereds are always hairy at the end of the race, especially a place like this where you’re always side-by-side ... and everybody is kind of of on ice. The guy on the inside you know is going to be loose. You hope you can take advantage of it as long as he doesn’t wipe you out.’’
On the final attempt for a green-flag finish, Busch again bolted to the lead and won.
By winning, Busch scored his fourth win of the season from the pole, tying Sam Ard’s record for most wins from the pole in a season. Ard set the mark in 1983 - before Busch was born.
“Every time we get into Victory Lane, there’s some sort of record I tie or break,’’ said Busch, who led 141 of 213 laps. “Sam was obviously a huge part of the sport and what he was able to accomplish. There’s been a lot of records that I’ve been able to tie or break of his. You still pay heritage to those guys that have made this sport. Even down the road maybe somebody is going to break my records. Records were always made to be broken. Somebody else can be better than me.’’
Nobody was Saturday.