Indianapolis, Ind. – Leading 92 of the 100 laps, Kyle Busch sounding thrashed the Nationwide Series field at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the Indiana 250 late Saturday afternoon.
Driving the Monster Energy Toyota, Busch gave the vaunted manufacturer its first triumph at the iconic track.
Except for a late race loss of the lead, Busch was untouchable and after being passed momentarily, he quickly regrouped and regained the lead, scoring his 59th series victory and his eighth win in 2013.
With only four caution periods for 18 laps, Busch’s average speed of 134.610 miles per hour easily eclipsed the 2012 standard of 126.05 mph.
Said the victor, “It sure got interesting at the end. We learned some things during our test, which helped us during the race. We sat on the pole and set a track record. And then we had a pretty dominant car until the end. I don’t whether I got loose or Joey (Logano) ran into m, and we were lucky to not crash. When Brian Scott got by me, I had to go to work. It was tough, as the air here is so tough. When you take off my air, I am going to take off yours. Fortunately, the right car was in victory lane today.”
Regarding the win at Indianapolis, Busch stated, “The history and prestige around this place. Whether it is Nationwide, Sprint Cup, MotoGP or Grand-Am, a victory here is really, really cool. The Yard of Bricks is really cool.”
Crew chief Adam Stevens said one reason the team lucked out is that the weather during the test was identical to today – cool and breezy.
Brian Scott, who had passed Busch during a late-race restart, ended up with second place while driving the Shore Lodge Chevrolet. He led laps 95-97. For Scott, second was a career-best for him.
“Our strong run started in practice, as we were strong coming off the truck,” Scott said. “On that last restart, we got a good run when Joey Logano and Busch got together and I was able to get a good run for the lead. I was then praying to open up as big a gap as I could to get a good cushion. But he had a fast car, as I slowed too much and he got up to my bumper. It was fun to be leading at Indianapolis at the end, and I would give anything to have a re-wind and do it all over again. “
Joey Logano took third in the Discount Tire Ford.
Said Logano, “We picked our way through the field at the beginning and through pit strategy, we were able to catch the leader. I knew then it was going to be ‘Kyle and Joey here we come.’ My first two restarts I got beat and with the third one, I thought I knew what I had to do. The third one was to be my charm, but it didn’t work. I thought my car was good enough but I learned he was just screwing with me. But we did give it our best shot.”
Fourth place went to Brian Vickers with Kevin Harvick fifth.
Sixth through 10th were Paul Menard, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Swindell, Michael Annett and Travis Pastrana.
In points, Austin Dillon gained two spots to take the lead with six points over Regan Smith. Elliott Sadler sits in third with former leader Sam Hornish Jr. dropping to fourth 14 off the pace.
Hornish dropped out with overheating problems and finished 34th.