Busch wins Bristol Nationwide race for record sixth time
Bristol, TN (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch continued his winning ways at Bristol Motor Speedway by putting on a dominating performance in Friday night's Food City 250 Nationwide Series race.
Busch started on the pole and led 228 of 250 laps to win a Nationwide event at this 0.533-mile, concrete-surfaced oval for the sixth time. He had been in a tie with Kevin Harvick for most victories in the series here with five. Busch has now won 15 NASCAR national touring series races at Bristol, which extended his record.
Busch only gave up the lead when he pitted during a caution just before the halfway point. Rookie Kyle Larson stayed on the track and ran in front for 22 laps before Busch passed Larson to take the top spot for good on lap 129.
Brad Keselowski made an attempt to chase down Busch late in the race, but Busch held off Keselowski at the finish by 0.8 seconds.
"This was just a great car and a great job by these guys (No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing team)," Busch said. "It was a lot of fun tonight. It's cool when you can start up front and lead laps like that, but yet you have some battles with holding off the 22 (Keselowski) and having to pass the 32 (Larson)."
After winning the Nationwide race and Wednesday's Camping World Truck Series event, Busch is now on track to win all three NASCAR races at Bristol in the same week for the second time. He accomplished the feat in August 2010.
"You've got to win two to get to three, so here's two," he said.
Busch will have a tough task ahead of him in Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol. Just prior to the Nationwide event, Busch wrecked during his qualifying run, which caused damage to the right-rear quarter panel on his JGR Toyota. He will start from the rear of the field in the 500-lap event.
"It's a whole different ball game tomorrow, that's for sure," Busch said on his attempt to win the Sprint Cup race. "You do need a car that runs well on the bottom (of the track). A lot of people were running the top in practice today. I thought that's where I needed to be in qualifying. I just over- stepped it and got too high and was a little too loose. I just screwed up.
"It's not like I haven't come from deep in the field before. It's going to be a tall order."
Prior to Bristol, Keselowski had won in each of his last four Nationwide starts (Richmond, Kentucky, Iowa and Watkins Glen).
"We just didn't quite have enough," Keselowski said. "We were trying to go for five in a row. We were close but not quite good enough."
Austin Dillon finished third, followed by Justin Allgaier and Larson.
Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon, Kasey Kahne, Brian Scott and Elliott Sadler completed the top-10.
Points leader Sam Hornish Jr. had a spark-plug wire come loose in his Ford, which caused him to finish two laps down in 12th. Hornish now holds a six- point advantage over Dillon. Sadler is 11 points behind, and Regan Smith, who finished 21st, trails by 24.
Brian Vickers entered this race 18 points behind Hornish, but Vickers finished 34th after he was involved in a crash with Parker Kligerman on lap 167. He dropped to sixth in points (-40).
"I went down into turn three, and the car just took off," Vickers said. "Two or three other guys ahead of me did the same thing. By the time I saw them, I slid up and then hit the wall."
Allgaier moved up to fifth in points (-39).
08/23 22:34:27 ET