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Kyle Busch Dominates Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway

September 14th, 2013 at 6:51 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, leading 195 of the races' 200 laps. Busch sat on the pole and was the class of the field. It's Busch's 10th win of the 2013 season and the 61st of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career. Busch said his car was excellent all day long.

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"This was an awesome racecar right here. This Monster Camry was phenomenal," Busch said in victory lane. 

Finishing in the second position was Joey Logano in Roger Penske's #22 Ford with teammate Sam Hornish Jr finishing third. Austin Dillon finished in the fourth position and Dale Earnhardt Jr finished in the fifth position. Finishing sixth was Brian Vickers with Matt Kenseth coming home seventh. Parker Kligerman finished in the eighth position, Kevin Harvick finished ninth and Nelson Piquet Jr finished in the tenth position. 

Kyle Busch started on the pole and his #54 Toyota was a rocket ship as soon as the green flag dropped for the Dollar General 300. Busch pulled away on the initial start and led by over two seconds by lap 23. On that lap Joe Nemechek's car began to slow and had lost power. Nemechek's problem caused the races' first caution on lap 24. 

The leaders pitted and when the race restarted on lap 28 Dale Earnhardt Jr and Brian Scott led the field to green. Both drivers took two tires and played the track position game and found themselves in the front of the field. It was short lived. Joey Logano passed Earnhardt for the lead on the first lap and soon began to feel pressure from Kyle Busch. When the field crossed the stripe for the 32nd lap of the race Busch was out in front and began setting a grueling pace.

By lap 43 Busch's lead was over a second and by lap 60 his lead was 2.8 seconds. It was a punishing pace that Busch was setting and he would continue it. On lap 77 he led by five seconds as the field came in for a round of green flag pit stops. Regan Smith would experience problems on the pit stops as his car ran out of fuel on the way into pit road. He would get going but he wouldn't be a contender for the rest of the day. 

On lap 94 Busch's lead was over seven seconds and he led by the same distance as the field received the cross flags from the flag stand signaling the halfway point. Busch led when the races' second caution flag of the afternoon flew for debris on the backstretch. Busch had lapped up to the top 12 before the caution came out. 

The leaders would pit again and Busch's team got him out first and he led on the lap 112 restart. He began to pull away but Sam Hornish Jr chased him down and moved to the inside of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and passed Busch heading into turn one. Busch fought back and by the time the field reached turn three on lap 117 Busch was back in front and was soon a little black dot in Hornish's windshield. He led by two seconds on lap 156. 

On lap 157 the races' most unusual accident would happen when Elliott Sadler tried to pit under green. Sadler had his hand up and Brett Butler ran into the back of the Emporia, Virginia native, sending both cars into a spin. Sadler and Butler received a ton of damage. Sadler would continue but the accident ended Butler's day in the 34th position.

The leaders would pit again and again Kyle Busch's team got him off of pit road first. He led on the lap 162 restart and he would pull away from the field. Kyle Larson made contact with another car on the restart and debris was found on the track causing the races' fourth caution of the afternoon on lap 164.

The race would restart on lap 168 with Busch and Sam Hornish Jr on the front row for the double-file restart. Busch pulled away and soon led by a wide margin. Hornish would lose the second position to Austin Dillon on lap 174. On that same lap the races' fifth caution flew when Kyle Larson lost a left front tire and slammed the outside wall hard with the rear of his Chevrolet Camaro. The accident ended Larson's day and he finished 32nd.

The race would restart on lap 180 and Busch again led. One lap later though, Justin Allgaier and Regan Smith would make contact sending Smith into a long spin down the back straightaway, causing the races' sixth caution flag. Smith wouldn't hit anything and Allgaier would have minimal damage on his Camaro. Both drivers would continue. 

The race restarted for the last time on lap 185 and Austin Dillon would take the lead from Kyle Busch coming off of turn two. By the time the field reached turn three Busch was back on Dillon's bumper and made the pass for the lead coming off of turn four. Busch pulled away from the field and Dillon would drop back, losing the second position to Joey Logano and the third position to Sam Hornish Jr. Busch's lead by that point was over a second and he crossed the finish line that way. 

Other notables in the field included, Alex Bowman in 11th, Justin Allgaier in 12th, Regan Smith in 13th, Brian Scott in 14th and Trevor Bayne in 15th. Kenny Wallace finished 17th in his 900th NASCAR start in the top three series. Elliott Sadler finished in the 19th position and Brad Sweet finished in the 20th position. 

Sam Hornish Jr still leads the points over second place points man Austin Dillon. Dillon trails by 17 points. Third in the standings is Regan Smith, who is 36 points behind. Fourth is Elliott Sadler 44 points behind the leader. Brian Vickers is fifth in the standings 56 points behind. Sixth in the standings is Justin Allgaier, with Brian Scott seventh, Trevor Bayne eighth, Kyle Larson ninth and Parker Kligerman rounds out the top ten. 

The next race on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway on September 21st on ESPNNEWS. 

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Tags: Austin Dillon, Chicagoland Speedway, Dollar General 300, Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Nationwide Series, Regan Smith, sam hornish jr

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