Michigan: Kyle Busch race report

BROOKLYN, Mich. (August 8, 2009) - Kyle Busch continued his consistent NASCAR Nationwide Series campaign Saturday when he piloted his NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry to a third-place finish in the Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway. The...

BROOKLYN, Mich. (August 8, 2009) - Kyle Busch continued his consistent NASCAR Nationwide Series campaign Saturday when he piloted his NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry to a third-place finish in the Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

The result, combined with an early exit by chief points competitor Carl Edwards, helped catapult Busch to a 339-point lead in the Nationwide Series standings.

Busch's third-place finish came as a result of a three-way battle for the win on the race's final lap. Busch and fellow Toyota driver Brian Vickers battled side-by-side at the white flag and when Vickers led the two cars to the apron of the track, it allowed for then-third-place driver Brad Keselowski to catch the two Camrys and eventually put on the winning move heading into the frontstretch coming towards the checkered flag.

Busch, along with Vickers, took on four tires on a final pit stop prior to a restart with 14 laps to go. Busch jumped out to a big lead on the restart but another caution flag tightened the field once again, allowing for the three-person showdown for the victory.

Similar to last weekend's race at Watkins Glen International, it was a record-setting day for Busch. The Las Vegas native took the lead from Vickers on lap 14 of the event, extending his streak of Nationwide Series races led to 20, advancing the record of 19 he shared with Sam Ard.

KYLE BUSCH:

Can you talk about your race today?

"It was a fine run. The car was fast, just not fast enough. Unfortunately we had to race with the 32 (Brian Vickers) too much today and there at the end of the race, when we did our final pit stop, we had a great pit stop and got off and got out and we were leading. If the race would have went green, I think we would have had it, but unfortunately we were racing too hard with the 32 and I don't think he knew the 88 (Brad Keselowski) was coming and blew by both of us."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brian Vickers , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch