Jeff Burton led just 18 laps in the Busch race at Dover International Raceway on his way to his second series win of the season. Burton and his team chose to stay out and gain track position during a late race stop which proved to be the winning...
Jeff Burton led just 18 laps in the Busch race at Dover International Raceway on his way to his second series win of the season. Burton and his team chose to stay out and gain track position during a late race stop which proved to be the winning call of the event.
It is Burton's 22nd career Busch win.
"I thought it was a risky call, but it was the right call," said Burton on not pitting. "We had a great car, and that was a heck of a race. We were loose and just needed a little bit of time.but it ended up working out. I am so proud of these guys, they have been building great cars and I think we have a good Cup car for tomorrow."
Carl Edwards who dominated much of the race settled for second, "He was so fast, that was unbelievable. I thought he was going to be easy pickings since we were on new tires. I thought we were going to be able to just knock them out. I thought for sure that new tires were going to be the key to winning this thing, but it just wasn't"
Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Ron Hornaday complete the top five.
"It was fun," said Busch. "Two-three wide racing, it was a great day. It's a lot of fun to drive this car."
Busch qualifying was rained out which put point leader Kevin Harvick on the pole. He led the first six laps before being passed by Edwards and slipping to fifth. Edwards led through the three cautions, but on a restart on lap 50 he slipped allowing Denny Hamlin to make the pass for the lead.
Hamlin led until lap 55 when Kyle Busch snuck by for the top spot, just as Busch had secured the lead, the yellow fell slowing the field for the fourth time. The lead swapped between Busch, Edwards and Bowyer through several cautions and restarts.
Bowyer was leading on a restart on lap 74 but bobbled a few laps later letting Edwards get an 8/10th of second advantage on the field. Edwards had just settled into the lead with 52 to go when Steve Park smacked the wall bringing out the seventh caution.
The field restarted with 48 to go with Bowyer leading, the first of the top five cars that did not pit. Edwards did pit and restarted sixth with four fresh tires. Just as Edwards mounted his charge a multi-car crash with 45 to go erupted, involving Burney Lamar, Jason Leffler, Paul Menard, Mark McFarland, Todd Bodine and Kertus Davis.
With 36 to go, the race restarted with Bowyer out front. On lap 169, Kurt Busch gained enough momentum to pass Bowyer. But Busch couldn't hold off Burton who with 18 to go passed for the lead.
Burton quickly pulled out to a 1.3-second advantage on the field on his way first career win at Dover International Speedway.
Kevin Harvick continues to lead series point standings. Carl Edwards (- 297), Clint Bowyer (-403), Denny Hamlin (-428) and Kyle Busch (-477) complete the top five - making it a clean sweep of the top spots by Cup series regulars.