Kentucky: Kyle Busch race report

SPARTA, Ky. (June 14, 2009) - In 2008's edition of the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch had the dominant car, led the most laps, and watched as teammate Joey Logano scooped up a win. On Saturday night, recent history repeated itself as...

SPARTA, Ky. (June 14, 2009) - In 2008's edition of the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch had the dominant car, led the most laps, and watched as teammate Joey Logano scooped up a win. On Saturday night, recent history repeated itself as Busch-again the class of the NASCAR Nationwide Series field-found himself without a trophy to hoist following an outstanding performance. Teammate Logano took his second-straight win in the standalone event but Saturday's showing provided another strong finish for the white-hot Busch.

>From the onset of the 200-lap contest, Busch's NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry looked untouchable. Even after qualifying the car second with no practice time, Busch established himself as the car to beat. He took the lead on the race's first lap and led the first 14 laps. After pitting on lap 22 for tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment, Busch propelled his Camry to the top of the scoring pylon on lap 35.

His lead continued to a lap 139 green flag pit cycle which allowed Busch to retake the lead with 31 laps to go. He persevered through two late caution flags, including a red flag with 15 laps to go, but was passed by Logano with ten laps remaining. His Toyota Camry developing a tight condition, Busch finished in second place.

He led a race-high 162 laps in what turned out to be the seventh consecutive race in which he paced the field in laps led.

Busch's eighth top-five finish of 2009 helped expand his NASCAR Nationwide Series point lead to 137 points over second place Carl Edwards.

It was Busch's second runner-up finish of the day: he finished second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. In addition to a fifth place finish on Wednesday night in the Rowdy Busch 125 late model race at Berlin Raceway, Busch is slated to complete the quadruple race weekend on Sunday in Michigan.

KYLE'S QUOTES ON THE MEIJER 300

What happened during the final restart?

"It always happens that way--I have to thank NOS and Z-Line and everybody at Toyota. These guys on this team do a great job. Another one-two finish, Joey (Logano) is just better than we are at these places. Congratulations to him, he learned obviously how to save his stuff and kind of snooker people in to not adjusting on their race cars."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Logano , Kyle Busch