Kyle Busch won his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race of the season Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch led the field four times for 110 (of 203) laps. Joey Logano (second), Brian Scott (career-best third), David Reutimann ...
Kyle Busch won his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race of the season Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway.
Busch led the field four times for 110 (of 203) laps.
Joey Logano (second), Brian Scott (career-best third), David Reutimann (fourth) and Jason Leffler (fifth) combined with Busch to give Toyota a sweep of the top-five spots at the 1.5-mile oval.
Camry driver Reed Sorenson finished eighth, placing all four Braun Racing cars in the top-10.
Camry drivers Steve Wallace (12th), Michael Annett (14th), Brendan Gaughan (16th), Trevor Bayne (32nd) and Kevin Lepage (37th) were also in the field.
Camry drivers Busch (third), Logano (seventh), Wallace (eighth), Gaughan (ninth), Leffler (10th), Bayne (11th), Annett (12th), Scott (14th) and Sorenson (15th) are in the top-15 in the unofficial NNS point standings after 18 of 35 races.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How difficult was tonight's race?
"It wasn't easy. We know we shouldn't win. We had the track position when it mattered and the car got really, really tight on us. But, these guys never gave up. They knew I had it in me. I didn't think I had it in me. It's fun to race in the Nationwide Series. I love it. To win as many as we won and to be successful as JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) has been, it's fun every week. It's always cool to come out here and put on a good show."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
What happened on that final restart? "Our run was okay. We were a second-place car most of the night. I felt like we got closer and closer, clean air was the biggest deal. Whoever had clean air was definitely going to be faster. We were able to get that clean air towards the end. It's almost like a guarantee that a caution is going to come out. You know it's going to happen with 10 (laps) to go if you have more than a five car length lead, you can almost promise that's going to happen. Of course that happened and we took two tires, which worked for the first restart, and then a caution came out. I restarted on the bottom every time I was able to take the lead. To me, I thought it was a no-brainer to start on the bottom again, except the 22 (Brad Keselowski) he ran out of gas or something on the outside. I'm not sure how that happened, how that lineup worked because third-place started third still and the whole line moved up. It was kind of a screwy situation that should have been the other way around. I was so committed to the bottom and Kyle (Busch) did a good job. He did what he was supposed to do. He drove into the turn and got me loose. He beat me. I'm embarrassed more than anything else."
Would you have taken the inside lane if you knew you had to start alongside Kyle Busch? "Most likely because I did it with him earlier in the race and I beat him and that's how I got the lead there towards the end of the race. I probably would have done it. I'm sure his four tires probably helped him a little bit more than anything else. It's a tough deal because last year I was kind of put in the same position in this race on the bottom. The bottom works so many times, you really want to keep trying it. Ran out, oh well."
When did you realize that Kyle Busch was going to be restarting next to you on that final restart? "I kind of had a plan either way. I didn't know Kyle (Busch) was going to start next to me until into (turn) three when the 22 (Brad Keselowski) ran out of gas. The only thing that screwed me was I didn't know how the lineup was supposed to work. I thought the 10 (David Reutimann) should have been second, I think it was the 10 that was third. I thought that would have, I thought everyone would have moved a spot if that didn't happen. I had the same game plan either way."
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How did tonight's race go for you? "We just had a really great AccuDoc Solution Toyota all night. What a great way to come back after a disappointing Daytona, making some changes in the team. How about the Braun (Racing) cars tonight. I think we had four cars in the top-eight. It was a lot of fun. Nationwide Insurance in this series is so awesome and it's so much fun. We had a shot to win the race and that's all you can ask for. This being a Dollar General race, which is a partner with Braun, just having a strong showing for the Braun cars and Dollar General, it was really fantastic to get my career best finish here. I just wish we could have won it. In hindsight, I didn't know there was going to be a caution there at the end and I was running the high side and we were fast enough. I started to fake to look at the outside with Kyle Busch making it three-wide at the white. I thought just get a good run off the corner and set him up in the next one because I was better in (turns) one and two. Unfortunately time ran out, but third-place is great. The Braun cars made up 50 percent of the top eight and that's awesome. I have to thank Todd (Braun, owner) for giving me this opportunity. I hope that we made him happy this weekend."
Are you satisfied with your race results tonight? "The last couple weeks have been so disappointing because we knew we were capable of these top-fives. Making a shake up and having a first-time crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz calling the shots tonight, he did an awesome job. He got me track position when it counted and throughout the most part of the race when we were having a long green flag runs, we had a really good long green flag run car. We struggled a little bit right at the start of the run. We made adjustments when it looked like the race was going down to a shoot out. He made really good adjustments to our AccuDoc Solutions Toyota and away we went. We actually gained positions at the end where normally these Cup guys teach me something and I fall back a couple positions. I was able to get them and we actually had a shot at the win. What a way to come back from a disappointing Daytona."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 10 Beringer Vineyards Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
How was your race tonight? "Everybody at Braun Racing did a tremendous job. This is the last race for Beringer tonight, we're sure going to miss those guys. I would have liked to get a win for them but it ended up being okay."
Are you happy with your finish tonight? "It ended up being pretty good. I have to find out on the rule. I'm a little disappointed with that. If you're running third and the guy running second runs out of gas, I would think that you'd get a chance to line-up on the outside on the double-file restart. I may not understand the rule. I know when we get ready to go green on the initial start, if a car stalls out, everybody on the outside lane will move up. I don't know. Either way we ended up running fourth. I had a car that should have ran the top-two or three. All in all it was a good night. Everybody at Braun Racing did a great job. It's the last Nationwide race for me with these guys this year and that's a bit of a disappointment. Thanks to Beringer for coming on board and giving me the opportunity. It ended up being a pretty decent race tonight."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 5th
How was your race tonight? "It was pretty good to come from where we started. The car ran really good all night. To come home with fifth, I guess I'm happy about it. I wish I came home a little bit better but that's the way it is. The guys did a great job all night and the Great Clips Camry was fast."
What was your first race like with new crew chief Eddie Pardue on the pit box? "Eddie (Pardue) does a great job. He has a great plan and keeps everything organized. He is pretty good with the wrenches, too. They tuned on this car. We had to really work hard all day to get this thing good in practice. Once the race started we never hardly touched it and it was good all night long. It was a good night for Braun Racing."
REED SORENSON, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 16th
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 32nd
KEVIN LEPAGE, No. 56 Race Day Sponsor Toyota Camry, Mac Hill Motorsports
Finishing Position: 37th
-source: toyota motorsports