PENSKE DUO TOO MUCH FOR BUSCH AT BRISTOL Z-Line Designs Driver Finishes Third Behind Penske Racing Teammates Allgaier, Keselowski Kyle Busch led twice for 59 laps in Saturday's Scotts Turf Builder 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol ...
PENSKE DUO TOO MUCH FOR BUSCH AT BRISTOL
Z-Line Designs Driver Finishes Third Behind Penske Racing Teammates Allgaier, Keselowski
Kyle Busch led twice for 59 laps in Saturday's Scotts Turf Builder 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, but couldn't overcome the 1-2 punch of Penske Racing teammates Justin Allgaier and Brad Keselowski.
Busch, driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), finished less than a second behind Allgaier, who scored his first career Nationwide Series victory, and his Penske Racing teammate Keselowski.
"The Z-Line Designs Camry was decent today," said Busch, who has six total victories at Bristol -- three in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, one in the Nationwide Series and two in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "We had a good racecar. Unfortunately, we only had probably a third- or fourth-place car at best with the '38' (Kasey Kahne) being really good in the beginning.
"We plugged along all day. We made some good changes and got the car to where it was decent. The '12' (Allgaier) and the '22' (Keselowski) were just too strong up front for us to contend with. We were better than the rest. We just didn't have enough for the Penske cars today, but we'll get some work done here. We've always been one of the fastest cars here at Bristol, but this time we missed out on just a little something. Maybe we'll find it and come back here in August and get back after it."
Busch and crew chief Jason Ratcliff tinkered with the handling of the Z-Line Designs Toyota through a series of wedge and tire pressure adjustments, and while the car was strong at the end, Busch couldn't quite run down the Penske duo.
"They were the class of the field," Busch said. "I have to say congratulations to Justin Allgaier, he deserved it. He went through a trying season last year. Chad Walter (Allgaier's crew chief) and him, they deserve to win.
"All in all, Jason Ratcliff and these guys do an awesome job week in and week out. We've been fast here every single time and finally we finish one, but we finish third. We can't be discouraged by that because we had a good run.
"Those cars (Penske) were really, really fast. It seemed like whoever could get out front just had it. Allgaier put a good move on Keselowski there in order to get by him on the restart and that seemed to be the winning move."
Finishing fourth behind Busch was Carl Edwards, while Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Reed Sorenson, Mike Bliss, Jason Leffler and Scott Wimmer comprised the rest of the top-10.
The race featured 11 caution periods for 61 laps, with 15 drivers failing to finish the 300-lap contest.
While Busch is not running the full Nationwide Series schedule, the No. 18 Toyota is competing for the owner's title, and it is sixth in points after round four of 35. JGR has won the past two Nationwide Series owner's championships.
The next event on the Nationwide Series schedule is the April 3 Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn.