Busch claims fourth Nationwide win at New Hampshire
Loudon, NH (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch won a Nationwide Series race at New
Hampshire Motor Speedway for the fourth time on Saturday, but had to hold off
Brian Vickers in three green-white-checkered finish attempts to earn the
The scheduled 200-lap Nationwide race at New Hampshire was extended to 213
mostly due to multiple accidents in the overtime period. Busch started on the
pole and led 141 of those laps, including the final 91. Vickers and Matt
Kenseth, who are Busch's teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, led the other 74 laps
in the event.
Busch, who was able to conserve enough fuel at the end, crossed the finish
line 0.5 seconds ahead of Vickers for his seventh victory of the season and
the 58th of his Nationwide career. He had not won a race in his last four
starts in the series.
"Great to be back in victory lane here," Busch said. "Just tough race,
especially passing people. When I got back in traffic there after our bad pit
stop, it took me a little bit to pass the leader (Vickers), and it was really
tough, especially being a teammate. You don't want to get into them, rough
them up any."
During a caution early in the race, Busch had an issue with the changing of
his right-front tire and exited off of pit road in seventh, while Vickers took
the lead for the first time. Busch caught up with Vickers and then passed him
for the top spot just past the halfway point.
"When I had to come back through there, it was a little bit harder than I
wanted it to be, especially when I got to Vickers," Busch said. "He was fast
enough to hold us a little bit, but I knew I had the faster car if I could
just get by him I could go away. Just so hard to pass here, especially on a
Chad Hackenbracht, who made his Nationwide debut, crashed on lap 199 to setup
the first two-lap overtime finish. When the race restarted, Landon Cassill
lost power and came to a stop on the track to force a caution. During the
second green-white-checkered attempt, Paul Menard and Parker Kligerman bumped
into each other in a tight pack of cars, with Menard backing it into the wall
and Kligerman sliding into the muddy infield grass. NASCAR had to briefly stop
the race to clean up the wreck.
"The restarts were a mess, and then I ran out of fuel on the last restart,"
Vickers said after his second-place finish. "I really want to win one of these
races. This team deserves it. These guys (No. 20 team) just gave me a great
car today, and I hate it's not in victory lane."
Austin Dillon finished third and collected the $100,000 bonus from series-
title sponsor Nationwide Insurance for being the highest-finishing point-
eligible driver in the race. Dillon also won the bonus at New Hampshire last
year, finishing third in that event.
Brian Scott took the fourth spot, followed by Michael Annett, Trevor Bayne and
Sam Hornish Jr.
Points leader Regan Smith finished eighth after he made contact with Elliott
Sadler on the final lap. Sadler, who won the $100,000 last weekend at Daytona,
was running in the top-five and attempting to collect the cash award for the
second straight race before Smith bumped into him. He ended up finishing as
the last car on the lead lap in 18th.
Sadler had heated words with Smith in the garage area after the race had
"I don't know why (Smith) has to race us that way," Sadler said. "I don't race
him that way."
Vickers, Dillon, Scott and Annett qualified for the next Nationwide "Dash 4
Cash" bonus, which will take place in July 21 race at Chicagoland.
Smith's point lead is now five over Hornish.
07/13 22:24:59 ET
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