Kyle Busch broke another one of Mark Martin's NASCAR Nationwide Series records on Saturday when he took his sixth win in nine races so far this season from behind the wheel of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was his seventh series win at Charlotte breaking a tie he held with Martin for most Nationwide wins at the track.
"Mark is really good in the Nationwide Series, and we're beating him a lot," Busch said. "This one really means a lot."
Kasey Kahne restarted his No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet right beside Busch on the front row on several late-race restarts and was able to race Busch close at times, but he was unable to make a pass stick and, as a result, had to settle for a second-place finish.
"I thought we were really close," Kahne said. "I thought we might get him. My car got a little tight on a couple of those restarts."
Joey Logano finished third in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford after getting by the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet of Kyle Larson and the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick in the final laps.
"I felt like that was the best we were going to finish, so we've got some work to do," Logano said.
Busch dominated the race, leading 186 laps of the 200-lap total distance. He took the lead from the pole-sitting No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon on lap two, and didn't look back. For many of the early laps of the race, JGR teammate Brian Vickers in the No. 20 Toyota, raced second to Busch. He even got the lead from Busch on a restart following a debris caution that came out on lap 85. Vickers wasn't up front for long, though, as Busch moved back to the lead on the restart. Kahne then took second.
The yellow flag didn't wave much in the first two-thirds of the race, with only three cautions in the first 150 laps. But in the final 50, the yellow flag waved four times. Most of the field headed down pit road when the fifth caution of the race came out with about 35 laps to go. Busch, though, along with seven other lead lap drivers, opted to stay out.
Busch and Kahne then restarted in the top-two spots and maintained their positions as Harvick, with four fresh tires, made his way toward the front. Larson also gained positions in the late laps with two new tires of his own.
Harvick made his way up to has high as third when the final caution of the race came out with 17 laps to go. But when the race went back to green, he was passed by both Logano and Larson and was shuffled back to fifth.
Trevor Bayne finished sixth in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, and the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet of Justin Allgaier was seventh. Finishing eighth through 10th were the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Matt Kenseth, the No. 77 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota of Parker Kligerman, and the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet of Regan Smith.