Eight is Great for Busch at Charlotte

Kyle Busch

Busch celebrates his eighth Nationwide victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway - his most at a single track (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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CONCORD, N.C. - Sam Hornish Jr. thought he was headed for his second NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the year. Instead, Kyle Busch celebrated yet another victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch passed Hornish with eight laps to go to win Friday night’s Dollar General 300. It marked Busch’s eight series win 21 starts at Charlotte - a 38 percent winning percentage.

“I didn’t think we were going to win the thing and somehow I got to the top and started making time and was able to get back up there,’‘ Busch said after his 62nd career series victory.

Busch has eight Nationwide wins and five Camping World Truck Series victories at Charlotte.

“This has been a really great racetrack for me,’’ he said, although he’s never won a Cup race at Charlotte. “It’s my favorite racetrack. It seems like I can figure it out in Truck and Nationwide but seem to have a little bit of a struggle on the Cup side.’’

He wasn’t focused on that after the race. Busch was thrilled to have come back to win. He announced in Victory Lane that he was donating the winnings to Pretty in Pink Foundation, which provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients. Busch’s winnings were $73,940. (Read More

While Busch celebrated his 11th victory of the season, Hornish was left to think what might have been.

“You don’t get that close very often when you run against Kyle,’’ Hornish said. “To have it slip away in the last 10 laps is frustrating.’’

Austin Dillon, the series points leader, finished second with Hornish third. Dillon leads Hornish by eight points with three races left. The series is off until racing at Texas next month.

Dillon and Hornish will see each other before then. Both are scheduled to race in next weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Dillon will be in Tony Stewart’s car and Hornish will be in a third Penske Racing car.

It wasn’t just Hornish that Dillon had a spirited battle with. Dillon dueled Kyle Larson in the second half of the race, providing a glimpse of what fans could see for years in Cup with both moving to full-time rides there next season.

“I think the coolest thing is we showed each other respect out there,’’ Dillon said. “He had the top line running. He was unbelievably fast on the top. I couldn’t get my car tight enough on entry to run up there. It was fun racing.’’

Dillon called Friday night’s race “the best race I’ve been in all year.’’

Kevin Harvick placed fourth with Matt Kensteh completing the top five. Justin Allgaier was sixth with Logano seventh. They were followed by Trevor Bayne, Parker Klilgerman and Michael Annett. Larson hit the wall in the final laps and fell back to 13th.

While Joe Gibbs Racing celebrated the victory, it wasn’t a perfect night for the organization.

JGR teammates Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler were involved in a bizarre crash that brought out the race’s first caution on Lap 53.

Reed Sorenson crashed on the frontstretcha and Vickers dived low to avoid Sorenson’s car. As that happened, Sadler was exiting pit road after his green-flag stop. Vickers ran into the back of Sadler’s car while trying to miss Sorenson.

It was the second incident of the night for Sadler. He crashed in qualifying and had to go to a backup car, starting at the rear of the 43-car field.

It got worse for Sadler, who crashed on lap 67 and drove it to the garage. He finished 36th

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ToyotaCare 250

@ Richmond Int'l Raceway
Friday, April 25, 2014 7:00 PM
Radio Start:
MRN, 6:30 p.m. (ET)
TV Start:
ESPNEWS, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

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