Busch wins at Charlotte after late-race pass on Hornish Jr.
Concord, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Busch won a Nationwide Series race at
Charlotte Motor Speedway for a record-extending eighth time after passing Sam
Hornish Jr. for the lead in the closing laps of Friday night's Dollar General
Busch started on the pole and led the first six laps before he dealt with an
ill-handling car for most of the race. He reclaimed the top spot during a
round of pit stops under caution with 42 laps remaining.
Hornish chased down Busch and grabbed the lead from him with 21 laps to go,
but Busch took over the top spot for good with just eight laps left.
Busch claimed his 11th Nationwide win of the season and the 62nd of his
career. He also became the first driver in the series to win from the pole at
Charlotte since Matt Kenseth last did it in October 2000.
"It was certainly challenging tonight," Busch said. "I lost the lead, and I
didn't think we were going to win the thing. But somehow I got to the top and
started making time and was able to get back up there."
In May, Busch led 186 of 200 laps to win the spring race at Charlotte. He ran
in front for a total of 36 laps in this event.
Busch also has five Camping World Truck Series victories at this 1.5-mile
racetrack, but he has yet to win a Sprint Cup Series race here. He will start
ninth in Saturday night's 500-mile event at Charlotte. Busch is currently
fifth in the Chase point standings (-35).
Hornish led the most laps with 76 but faded at the end. Austin Dillon passed
him for second with five laps to go. Dillon finished 0.5 seconds behind Busch.
He has yet to win a Nationwide race this season.
"Our car really took off at the end," Dillon said. "It's one of my favorite
cars. With 10 (laps) to go, I figured that we're going to have something for
(Busch), because I could really get to him off of (turn) four. But he just
didn't make a mistake."
Dillon's lead in the Nationwide championship standings remained at eight
points. The series will take a two-week break before running its last three
races of the season -- Texas (Nov. 2), Phoenix (Nov. 9) and Homestead (Nov.
"To come out of here and be at the same point that we were with Austin in
points is pretty good," Hornish said.
Kevin Harvick finished fourth, while Matt Kenseth, who won last weekend's
Nationwide race at Kansas, took the fifth spot.
Justin Allgaier was sixth, followed by Joey Logano and Trevor Bayne. Parker
Kligerman and Michael Annett completed the top-10.
The 300-mile race at Charlotte featured five cautions, including the first one
on lap 53 for a multi-car accident on the frontstretch. Reed Sorenson drove
into the grass and then slid up the track before making contact with the wall.
Brian Vickers swerved to avoid hitting Sorenson but crashed into his Joe Gibbs
Racing teammate, Elliott Sadler, who was exiting off of pit road. Green-flag
stops were wrapping up at the time. Sadler continued on for another 14 laps
before he spun out and crashed into the wall, ending his night early with a
"It's very frustrating," Sadler said. "I don't think anything has ever
happened to me like that on pit road. My spotter is telling me to go, and
they're wrecking behind me, which I thought I was racing the leader to the
line to stay on the lead lap. I had no idea they were going to hit me and tear
my car into pieces. It's weird luck we had here tonight."
Sadler started the race from the rear of the field in a backup car after
wrecking his primary car during qualifying earlier in the day.
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