Kurt Busch prevails in wild Nationwide race at Daytona
Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Kurt Busch rebounded from a late-race crash and got pushing help from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. during a green-white- checkered finish to win Friday night's Subway Jalapeno 250 Nationwide Series event at Daytona International Speedway.
In a wild and crash-filled race that featured a track-record 42 lead changes, Busch was involved in a 14-car accident on lap 66 when Mike Wallace and Kevin Harvick made contact, triggering the melee.
Busch made his way to the front again in the closing laps, but a caution for debris set up the two-lap overtime finish. Busch and rookie Austin Dillon hooked up in a tandem after the final restart before he got help from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to move ahead of Joey Logano for the lead on the last lap.
Busch crossed the finish line ahead of Stenhouse and Michael Annett when a big wreck occurred on the frontstretch. Dillon, who had to start the 250-mile race from the rear of the field since his pole-winning car failed post-qualifying inspection, was among those involved in the incident.
"We just won at Daytona," a very jubilant Busch said in victory lane.
Busch drove the No. 1 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing, the same team he drives for in the Sprint Cup Series. It was Busch's second Nationwide win this season. His first victory came in April at Richmond, where he drove the car that is owned by his younger brother, Kyle.
Danica Patrick led 14 laps before she was involved in a crash with Jeffrey Earnhardt with 18 laps remaining. Patrick spun around coming out of turn two and slammed into the inside retaining wall on the backstretch. She ended up finishing 31st.
07/06 22:38:53 ET