David Gilliland made the biggest pass of his Busch series career at Kentucky Speedway. With nine laps to go, Gilliland charged past leader JJ Yeley to lead his first lap in Busch series racing. A late-race caution set up some drama, but...
David Gilliland made the biggest pass of his Busch series career at Kentucky Speedway. With nine laps to go, Gilliland charged past leader JJ Yeley to lead his first lap in Busch series racing.
A late-race caution set up some drama, but Gilliland was strong on the restart with seven to go and easily held off Yeley. It was a career making night for Gilliland who earned his first career series win in just his seventh career start and becomes the first Busch series regular to win a race this season.
"Unbelievable," said Gilliland. "I have to thank my car owner Clay Andrews. We are racing unsponsored, we are building our own motors, we are up against it. They have been asking me for the last three months what do I think about racing these Cup guys and I told them I love it, they are making me better.
"Tonight it made me better. We are here; tonight we are in victory lane. I have waited my whole life for this."
Yeley was second, "The car was really good.I was really good, we could run similar lap times. I just got caught up there on the restart. I thought Clint Bowyer was going to be better even though he was a lapped down car. It held us up a bit and let Gilliland get by."
Pole sitter Denny Hamlin, Mike Wallace and Ashton Lewis, Jr. complete the top five.
It was a bumpy start for two drivers who are 1-2 in Busch series point standings. Carl Edwards had engine problems on the first lap while Kevin Harvick hit the wall and spun through the grass on lap 2.
Edwards was forced to take his car to the garage but Harvick sustained minimal damage and was able to motor on. Edwards finished 36th while Harvick bounced back for sixth.
It was a bad night all around for Nextel Cup regulars. Reed Sorenson spun on pit road on lap 26 and had a hard time getting into his pit stall. On lap 62, Sorenson cut down a tire smacking the wall and taking him out of the event. Greg Biffle fought back from a lap down to sixth place, but with 15 laps to go Biffle pitted and had some troubles with David Reutimann; NASCAR penalized Biffle by sending him to the tail end of the longest line on the restart.
Sorenson wound up 39th and Biffle seventh.
It was a veritable wreck-fest at Kentucky with 10 cautions for 46 laps.
Harvick continues to lead series standings. Carl Edwards (-372), Denny Hamlin (-413), Clint Bowyer (-416) and Greg Biffle (-506) complete the top five.