Dominating Day for Kyle Busch
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin on September 14, 2013 | 6:20 P.M. EST
Kyle takes a bow for the 10th time this season in the Nationwide Series after leading 195 of 200 laps. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
JOLIET, Ill. – Kyle Busch followed his Camping World Truck Series win with a dominating performance in Saturday’s Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Busch led 195 laps after starting from the pole to score his 10th win of the season. It was Busch's 61st career win in 264 career Nationwide starts, and his 123rd overall win across all three of NASCAR's top series.
It was also his third series win at Chicagoland Speedway and he became the first driver to triumph from the pole.
The performance was the most dominating win by a driver in a 1.5 mile track with Busch besting the mark set by Dale Earnhardt Sr. at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1986 when he led 194 of 200.
“I've had some Nationwide cars that dominate," Busch said. "We certainly had a lot of fun here. It's exciting to win two of the three and hopefully we can back it up with another win tomorrow."
Busch hopes he learned something Saturday to help him pull off a potential Chicagoland sweep with a win in the Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400, but isn’t sure his Cup car has the same feel.
“My car today had a lot of grip in it," Busch said. "I could do anything I wanted to and I could go in any groove I wanted to and my Cup car is not quite like that. I've got to be particular about it and I have to drive it where it wants to go and that's not what I need. I need to be able to muscle the thing and put it where I want it and make moves and what not. Today I could do that."
Joey Logano, Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five.
“I think he toyed with us all day,” said Logano. “I am not sure he ran a hard lap. Every time you think you are going to catch him he would bust off a lap two-tenths quicker than the last one. We were a second place car and we finished second.”
Third-place finisher Hornish was able to extend his series point lead to 17 over Dillon.
“There is still a long time to go, what seven races? A lot can happen,” said Hornish. “We have to be smart about how we run it and all those things. One flat tire can lose you a bunch of points.”
Earnhardt Jr. made his fourth Nationwide start of season and has finished in top five in three of them.
"The last half of the race the Great Clips Chevrolet was really good and had great speed," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We just didn't have good track position, but we were still able to claw through there and pass some guys. I had a lot of fun. Had a good weekend with this car."
Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, Parker Kligerman, Kevin Harvick and Nelson Piquet Jr. completed the first ten finishers.
Rookie Kyle Larson started 39th and raced up to the third spot as the race wound down. But a tire rub eventually led to Larson hitting the wall and spinning out on lap 175 and sent him to a 32nd-place finish.
"I never got into anybody all day, I think maybe the speeds were faster at the end, which had our travels a little off," Larson said. "The fender was rubbing the left-rear and it finally gave out going into (Turn) one. This Snickers Chevy was awesome. It was a blast to drive from the back to the front."
The NASCAR Nationwide Series now heads to Kentucky Speedway next Saturday afternoon.