Kyle Busch is the current king of Bristol Motor Speedway. He proved that again on Friday night in the NASCAR Nationwide Series by winning the Food City 250. For Busch it was his ninth win in 17 Nationwide Series starts in the 2013 season.
"Just a great car," Busch said in victory lane. "Great job by the guys putting together such a great Monster Energy Camry. It was a lot of fun tonight."
It was Kyle Busch's sixth win at Bristol in the Nationwide Series and 60th of his career. He now has 15 total wins at Bristol in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series combined. Tomorrow night Busch will look to sweep all three of the races just like he did in the 2010 season. He won on Wednesday night in the Truck Series race.
Busch led 228 of the races 250 laps on Friday night and his only competition came from Brad Keselowski who was looking to win his fifth straight Nationwide race that he was entered in. Keselowski had to settle for second.
Alex Bowman had an engine issue develop while he was in 14th and pitted on lap 34 under green. He lost several laps and finished in the 33rd position. On lap 42 Kyle Busch lapped his teammate and championship contender Elliott Sadler who was running in 22nd position.
The first caution came out on lap 65 for debris and it wiped away a six second lead that Busch had built over Allgaier. Austin Dillon was third, Brad Keselowski fourth, and Kyle Larson fifth. Busch had lapped up to the 12th place car so his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Drew Herring got the free pass back onto the lead lap in 13th.
Busch was the only driver not to pit for four tires under the caution. Keselowski got off the pits first and restarted on lap 72 alongside Busch in second. Allgaier was third, Smith fourth, and Larson fifth. Austin Dillon dropped to seventh on the restart after a slow stop and he was upset about it on his radio.
At lap 100 Busch led ahead of Keselowski, Smith, Allgaier, and Larson. The second caution then flew on lap 104 when Nelson Piquet Jr spun out. He finished in 24th.
This time Kyle Larson was the only lead lap driver not to pit and he inherited the lead. Trevor Bayne restarted on his inside after getting off pit lane first by taking two tires. Kyle Busch restarted third with four tires and Brad Keselowski was fourth with four tires. Brian Scott restarted fifth with two tires on lap 110. Drew Herring again got the free pass in 13th.
Larson was able to get away for awhile but Busch ran him down and on lap 129 Busch went by on the high side to retake the lead he lost by pitting. Points leader Sam Hornish Jr meanwhile developed a spark plug wire issue and was running a little off the pace. Another championship contender had an issue on lap 131 when Regan Smith pitted because of a cracked wheel.
The third caution of the race came out on lap 152 when Drew Herring, who was running 11th, was turned around by the lapped car of Mike Bliss. Herring slammed the inside wall on the backstretch. He finished in 36th of the 40 cars.
Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Justin Allgaier, Kasey Kahne, and Brian Scott did not pit under the caution while Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon, and Brian Vickers did of the lead lap cars. The race restarted on lap 163 and on lap 165 Regan Smith slipped up high and into the wall.
Then on lap 167 championship contender Brian Vickers slipped up high and into the wall hard. He came off the wall and right into the path of Parker Kligerman who clobbered him to bring out the fourth caution. Both cars had severe damage. Vickers finished in 34th and Kligerman 35th. Kasey Kahne also slipped up high right in front of Vickers as many drivers thought there was something on the track that caused so many drivers to slip.
Elliott Sadler was the beneficiary of the free pass to get back onto the lead lap in tenth. The race restarted on lap 178 with Busch on the outside and Keselowski on the inside. Busch again got a good start and held the lead. On lap 225 Busch held a one second lead over Keselowski. He remained virtually unchallenged as he worked through traffic well.
At the checkered flag it was Busch with the win over Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon third, Justin Allgaier fourth, and Kyle Larson fifth. Trevor Bayne was sixth, Ty Dillon seventh, Kasey Kahne eighth, and Brian Scott as the last lead lap car in ninth. Elliott Sadler finished one lap down but in tenth.
Michael Annett was 11th two laps down and Sam Hornish Jr in 12th even with his spark plug issue. Travis Pastrana was 13th, Cole Whitt 14th, Brendan Gaughan 15th, and Jeff Green 16th. Mike Bliss was three laps down in 17th, Joe Nemechek 18th four laps down, Kenny Wallace 19th, and Chad Hackenbracht 20th. Regan Smith was four laps down in 21st.
Sam Hornish Jr remains in the points lead with 10 races remaining in the Nationwide Series season. Austin Dillon gained two spot to move to second. He is six points behind Hornish. Elliott Sadler is third and 11 points back. Regan Smith is 24 points back in fourth, and Justin Allgaier is fifth 39 points back. Brian Vickers dropped to sixth 40 points behind Hornish. Brian Scott is seventh, Kyle Larson eighth, Trevor Bayne ninth, and Parker Kligerman tenth.
The next race up is Saturday night August 31st for the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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