Tony Stewart looked poised to win his first Busch series race, dominating the field, and charging towards the checkers with three laps to go, but a bump by Joe Nemechek sent Stewart smack into the wall instead of across the start/finish ...
Tony Stewart looked poised to win his first Busch series race, dominating the field, and charging towards the checkers with three laps to go, but a bump by Joe Nemechek sent Stewart smack into the wall instead of across the start/finish line.
Stewart was the class of the field all day, taking the lead on lap 48 and dominating most of the race. But, on the restart with four laps to go, Nemechek attempted to motor around Stewart in turn one with three laps left to be complete, Nemechek bumped the No. 81 Chevy. The tap sent Stewart sideways, spinning into the wall before finally coming to rest in the infield grass.
The late-race melee set up a green-white-checkered finish for the Busch series event at Kansas. With Stewart removed, Nemechek and Greg Biffle battled to the line on the last lap, swapping the lead. In the end, Nemechek got it by a nose, scoring his first Busch series win of the season, and the 16th of his career.
"I am so sorry, I have to tell Tony Stewart that I am sorry," said Nemechek. "I got my nose in there, and I am just sorry. It's been such a frustrating year, we should have had a win already this year, but we have been through such controversy."
Biffle tried everything to get around Nemechek but in the end it was all for naught, and he had to settle for second.
"That was pretty exciting," said Biffle. "Our car was pretty good, we went down into the corner there and I thought I got him, but he had a little more momentum. I had to race him clean; he's giving me a ride home on Sunday."
David Stremme, Ashton Lewis, Jr. and Ron Hornaday complete the top five.
Points leader Martin Truex, Jr. experienced problems early at Kansas Speedway. On lap three, Truex tangled with the No. 2 Chevy of Ron Hornaday, wrecking the No. 8 Chance2 Motorsports Chevy.
"It was a pretty good 30th place finish for us, considering," said Truex. "I don't know what happened, it was the third lap of the race and I tried to let him (Hornaday) go and by the time the spotter said 'clear', I was already wrecked."
Truex finally got the No. 8 car back on the track after a 30-minute absence, finishing 30th.
Luckily for Truex, Kyle Busch, another top competitor for the Busch series title, was caught up in a five-car accident on lap 81. There was significant damage to the No. 5 Hendrick Chevy, including front nose damage and radiator problems, forcing the No. 5 team behind the wall to make extensive repairs. He finished 29th.
Truex continues to lead by 149 markers over Busch. Greg Biffle (-480), Jason Leffler (who was replaced this week by Blake Feese and will not be competing for the title) (-551) and Ron Hornaday (-670) round out the top five championship contenders.