Busch gets one step closer to weekend sweep with Nationwide win

Kyle Busch held off Joey Logano to win the Nationwide race.

Kyle Busch kept his bid for a weekend sweep of Texas Motor Speedway alive on Saturday with a win in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge NASCAR Nationwide race, adding to his victory Friday night in the Camping World Truck Series race. The win was Busch's seventh Nationwide win of 2014, his fourth-career NNS win at Texas and his 70th-career series victory. It was also the 100th Nationwide win for Joe Gibbs Racing.

"That certainly means a lot to everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing. I'm just a small part of it," Busch said.

That thing was on a rail. I've never had a race car so dominant, especially at the Nationwide level

Trevor Bayne, who crashed out

After battling Busch throughout the second-half of the race, Joey Logano finished second, 1.5 seconds behind Busch. Ryan Blaney was a distant third, 5.3 seconds back.

Busch led 116 laps of the 200-lap race after getting off pit road first during a lap 49 caution for a Trevor Bayne wreck.

Logano started on the pole and led until Bayne took the lead on lap 34. Bayne was still leading when he had trouble and saw his race end with flames and hard contact with the wall.

He was bottom. I was top. I was bottom. He was top. We just keep switching.

Kyle Busch on battle with Joey Logano

"That thing was on a rail. I've never had a race car so dominant, especially at the Nationwide level," Bayne said. "I think we had a chance to win the race today."

Kenseth led a few laps in the first half of the race, but Busch was up front for most of the event. After the race hit the halfway point, Busch and Logano traded the lead back and fourth several times, with Logano running strong on short runs before fading and giving way to Busch.

"We had a good Discount Tire Ford. The long run was where we got beat," Logano said. "We were a short run car. Our first 15 to 20 laps were good."

Sprint Cup regulars battle

The two Sprint Cup regulars raced closely until a cycle of green-flag stops in the final 30 laps. Busch took the lead just before the cycle got underway and came out with an increased lead once all stops had been completed.

"He was bottom. I was top. I was bottom. He was top. We just keep switching." Busch said.

Championship outlook

Chase Elliott grew his championshp points lead to 48 points over Regan Smith. Elliott finished fourth, while Smith finished just outside the top-10 in 11th.

Matt Kenseth overcame trouble on pit road in the form of a water bottle hitting his ignition switch fo finish fifth. Brian Scott was sixth, Austin Dillon seventh, and Kevin Harvick was eighth.

Bowyer, the 'super-sub'

Clint Bowyer drove Elliott Sadler's car to a ninth-place finish in a substitute role. After Bowyer qualified the car, Sadler, who was suffering from what was presumed to be food poisoning, turned driving duties over to Bowyer during the first caution. Bowyer said later that he had trouble reaching the pedals in the car.

"It was pretty weird. Nothing fit," Bowyer said. "Never fun to fill-in."

Dakoda Armstrong claimed his first top-10 of the season, finishing 10th.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Event Texas II
Sub-event Saturday race
Track Texas Motor Speedway
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Trevor Bayne , Regan Smith , Clint Bowyer , Elliott Sadler , Joey Logano , Brian Scott , Dakoda Armstrong , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch , Ryan Blaney , Chase Elliott
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Article type Race report