BUSCH: Fontana II: Kevin Conway race report

Kevin Conway, driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs/Wal-Mart Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) dodged several accidents in Saturday night's Camping World 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at California Speedway in Fontana and finished a career-best ...

Kevin Conway, driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs/Wal-Mart Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) dodged several accidents in Saturday night's Camping World 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at California Speedway in Fontana and finished a career-best 20th.

Conway, who started 27th, fought a loose race car for much of the first part of the race, but fought through the ill-handling car and managed to finish in the top-20.

"It wasn't too bad," said Conway, who made his 11th career Busch Series start and his fifth this season with JGR. "We just never could get the balance right on the car. We started out with the car way too free and we kept chasing the race track to try to get it to tighten up and we got it a little too tight on exit. Then when we tried to get it freed up on exit, we just got it way too loose and that hurt us for a run. At the end we made some adjustments and made up some spots. We were just trying to do the best with what we had out there."

The race was slowed several times due to accidents, including a multi-car accident on Lap 68 which caused the race to be red-flagged for 30 minutes. All told, there were six cautions for 28 laps, with 16 drivers failing to finish the 150-lap race.

"There was a whole lot going on," Conway said. "As loose as we were and the restarts being in such heavy traffic, the areo comes into such big play here that it just made it hard to hold on."

With just 10 previous starts in Busch Series action, Conway continues to learn with each outing.

"I just need to get a little bit more in sequence and not sit out two months and get back into a racecar," Conway said, who last made a start on June 30 at New Hampshire. "It just makes it a little bit tough."

Jeff Burton scored his 25th career Busch Series victory by winning the Camping World 300. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer secured the rest of the top-five. Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Robby Gordon and David Ragan comprised the remainder of the top-10.

With 27 of 35 Busch Series races in the books, the No. 18 car is 18th in owner points, 41 points outside the top-15.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Kevin Conway , David Ragan , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing