By Amanda Vincent, NASCAR reporter
- First NNS win for Kyle Busch at Talladega
- Race records for cautions and lead changes
Kyle Busch was in front at the right time on Saturday during the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. After two green-white-checker attempts to finish the race under green, a race record-setting 11th caution came out on the final lap to end the race under yellow. After reviewing race footage, NASCAR officials determined that Busch was in the lead at the time of caution, giving the driver his first Nationwide Series win at Talladega.
"Look at the thing," Busch said, referring to his car, in victory lane.
Busch was hit multiple times throughout the race and involved in a crash involving at least 16 cars with 30 laps to go. The No. 18 team worked on all four corners of the race car to get Busch back out on the race track.
"(The car's) been hit in all four corners and then some," Busch's crew chief Jason Ratcliff said.
Joey was a great teammate today.
Busch had help from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano all race, and in the end, Busch credited his teammate with an assist sayint that the win was as much Logano's as his.
"Joey was a great teammate today," Busch said.
Aside from setting a new record for Talladega Nationwide race cautions, Saturday's Aaron's 312 also set a new record for lead changes with 57.
Among the leaders responsible for those lead changes were Joe Nemechek and Mike Wallace, driving for under-manned and under funded race teams.
"Mike sure made this race team look good," car owner Johnny Davis said.
Nemechek went down a lap early, something he attributed to not being able to find a drafting partner. After getting back on the lead lap, Wallace worked with him and the two veteran drivers stayed together the rest of the day.
For a small team, being an underdog, what a day.
The two-car tandem of Wallace and Nemechek restarted in the top-two positions following the ninth caution of the race to start the first green- white-checker attempt and then again to restart the second green-white-checker.
In the final melee to the checkered flag, though, Wallace's car flipped, bringing out the caution that ended the race. Nemechek held on to finish third behind Busch and second-place finisher Logano.
"For a small team, being an underdog, what a day," Nemechek said.
In a car with damage similar to that of Busch's No. 18, Brad Keselowski drafted with Elliot Sadler in the final laps enabling them to finish fourth and fifth respectively.