Atlanta: Kyle Busch race report

BUSCH EXPANDS POINT LEAD WITH 2ND-PLACE SCORE HAMPTON, Ga. (September 5, 2009) - Kyle Busch's NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry was fast. Even Busch-a stickler for perfection-agreed to that in his post-race interview after bringing home a ...

BUSCH EXPANDS POINT LEAD WITH 2ND-PLACE SCORE

HAMPTON, Ga. (September 5, 2009) - Kyle Busch's NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry was fast. Even Busch-a stickler for perfection-agreed to that in his post-race interview after bringing home a second- place finish on Saturday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series' Degree V12 300.

Kevin Harvick dominated the event, but Busch stayed in his rearview mirror for the majority of the evening. After starting eighth, Busch quickly showed that his Joe Gibbs Racing-prepared Toyota had all the makings of a winning car, remaining a staple in the front of the pack for the duration of the 195-lap contest. The Camry was solid on short runs, able to hold a lead following a restart for "about 15 to 18 laps," according to Busch, but lost out to Harvick's car on longer runs.

Busch out-dueled Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the closing laps to secure the runner-up finish, his ninth of the season.

Busch led four times for 45 laps en route to his 15th top-two finish of 2009.

With the second-place finish, Busch padded his NASCAR Nationwide Series point lead to 221 points over second-place Carl Edwards with nine races remaining in the season.

KYLE'S QUOTES ON THE DEGREE V12 300

Did Kevin Harvick have so much or were you off a bit tonight?

"I'm not sure. We were really on last year here. Man, the NOS Energy Drink Camry was good-really good. But, (Kevin) Harvick was gone. Hopefully, it was a show there at the end. We were running down Jr. (Dale Earnhardt) trying to get past him and he gave us both room. I could run the 33 (Kevin Harvick) down or beat the 33 (Kevin Harvick) for 15 to 18 laps. After that I just didn't have anything for him. Those guys were so good on the long run. He just had it over us. We tried to short pit him. That only worked until they saw us come down pit road and then they came the next lap. It didn't quite work out great. I don't think we really missed anything. We were ahead of third by a mile. Man, the 33 (Kevin Harvick) was just great-flawless."

Did you have a chance late in the race to close the gap with Kevin Harvick?

"Getting into (turn) three coming to the white (flag) I was passing (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and I just got in there way too hard and slid up the track and I didn't hook the bottom like I needed to and I lost two car lengths instead of gaining two car lengths. If I could have gained two car lengths down there-two down there and two more down there-I would have been right on his bumper coming to the checkered. Unfortunately, I lost those two and could never gain anything back."

Are you satisfied with second-place tonight?

"For sure, with that 33 car (Kevin Harvick) the way it was. Man, that thing was fast. Just unbelievable, the 33 car was tonight. That's all we had. We had a second-place car today. We worked awfully hard on it in practice, trying to make it better. We worked on it every pit stop there tonight. We had a good short run car. We had them beat for about 15 to 18 laps and then he'd get by us and beat us in the long run. I'll tell you what-the NOS Energy Drink guys did a great job today."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Kevin Harvick , Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing