Chicagoland: Kyle Busch race report

BUSCH SECOND IN SECOND CITY Z-Line Designs Driver Finishes in Runner-Up Spot at Chicagoland Speedway Just outside Chicago, a place often referred to as "Second City," Kyle Busch had to settle for second place in Friday night's Dollar General 300...

BUSCH SECOND IN SECOND CITY
Z-Line Designs Driver Finishes in Runner-Up Spot at Chicagoland Speedway

Just outside Chicago, a place often referred to as "Second City," Kyle Busch had to settle for second place in Friday night's Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Busch, driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), led twice for 78 laps around the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., but couldn't quite get past his JGR teammate, Joey Logano.

Logano, who led three times for 96 laps, beat Busch to the checkered flag by 2.619 seconds.

"Joey had a better car than us tonight," said Busch, who now has four runner-up finishes in 2009. "We worked all through practice trying to get the thing to where it would tighten up into the corner and never really found that balance. It was always loose getting in, so you just can't charge the corners, and that's where I felt I was getting beat. Overall, it was a good night and we led a lot of laps."

With only two cautions for 11 laps, the 43-car field got stretched out throughout the night and only 11 cars finished on the lead lap. With so many cars one lap down, traffic became a problem for the lead cars of Busch and Logano.

"This track is just so aero sensitive that you get around anyone and you slow down a half second, and then the guys behind you catch up," Busch said. "That one run I got through traffic just barely before Joey did and then he got stalled in traffic and I pulled back away. It's just a product of the way the cars are with the racetrack tonight. There really wasn't an outside lane. I tried going out there a few times and it was even looser up there. Unfortunately, we just didn't have what it took and settled for second."

The Logano/Busch duo has finished 1-2 six times in the past two seasons, and Friday's race at Chicagoland marked the fifth time Logano has come out on top.

"It was unfortunate there we had to settle for second," Busch said. "Congratulations to Joey and those guys. It's another Joe Gibbs 1-2 and it seems like it's always this way anyways. Second best is just that. We weren't the best car out there tonight and Joey was better than us."

While disappointed with second, Busch did extend his lead in the championship point standings, as he now carries a 192-point advantage over his nearest pursuer, Carl Edwards, with 17 races still remaining.

Finishing third behind Logano and Busch was Brian Vickers, while Jason Leffler and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five. Edwards, Greg Biffle, David Reutimann, Mike Bliss and rookie Justin Allgaier comprised the remainder of the top-10.

Nine drivers failed to finish the race.

The next event on the Nationwide Series schedule is the July 18 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. The race starts at 9 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by ESPN2 beginning with its pre-race show at 8:30 p.m.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Mike Bliss , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Carl Edwards , Justin Allgaier , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing