Nashville II: Kyle Busch race report

BUSCH PARTIES LIKE A ROCK STAR IN NASHVILLE; BUSCH GRABS 25TH CAREER SERIES WIN, FIRST SCORE AT NASHVILLE LEBANON, Tenn. (June 6, 2009) - "Rock star status" has been a term used to describe the fervor surrounding Kyle Busch-one of NASCAR's ...

BUSCH PARTIES LIKE A ROCK STAR IN NASHVILLE; BUSCH GRABS 25TH CAREER SERIES WIN, FIRST SCORE AT NASHVILLE

LEBANON, Tenn. (June 6, 2009) - "Rock star status" has been a term used to describe the fervor surrounding Kyle Busch-one of NASCAR's most prolific rising stars. Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway, Busch took the term to a whole new level.

Starting from the pole, Busch wheeled his NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry to his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of 2009 and first at Nashville in Nationwide Series competition in dominating fashion. Losing the lead only twice-both times due to pit strategy-Busch made himself the youngest driver in series history to total 25 career wins.

Like that of a prototypical rock star, Busch hoisted the Gibson Trophy Guitar and smashed it to pieces in victory lane in effort to provide individual pieces of the coveted trophy for his Joe Gibbs Racing crew.

Busch's Camry was, for the most part, balanced for the entire evening. A series of air pressure adjustments by crew chief Jason Ratcliff kept Busch well in control of the 225-lap race. He was never challenged for the lead under green flag conditions.

He pitted three times on the evening (on lap 27, lap 68, and lap 188), never once worrying about fuel strategy and taking four tires each stop while several competitors attempted to gamble with two-tire stops.

The victory was also his fourth win in five races with NOS Energy Drink as the primary sponsor.

Busch's lead in the Nationwide Series point standings is now 65 markers ahead of second place Carl Edwards heading into next weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway.

KYLE BUSCH:

Describe tonight's win:

"What an awesome race car. What an awesome group (the Joe Gibbs Racing 18 team), I owe it all to them. It's great to finally come back here and get this monkey off our back. I want to thank the fans, everybody at JGR, and all of the guys at the shop that do a phenomenal job for us. I'd like to thank NOS Energy Drink, Z-Line Designs, Marquis Jets, Gillette, Toyota, and everyone else that makes this possible.

This has been a hard couple of weeks.

"This night was a lot of fun. (Brad) Keselowski was better than us at the end of the race but I was just trying to be conservative and not let anything happen again."

Can you explain the victory lane celebration?

Well rock stars break guitars all the time but I've never seen a NASCAR driver do it. I just wanted to break it apart and spread it around with the crew. I didn't break according to plan so I guess we'll take it the shop and cut it up so all of the guys can have nice, smooth pieces and I'll order another one for myself and one for Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief).

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing