Kyle Busch brought the No. 5 Hendrick Chevrolet to victory lane to grab his second consecutive May win at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Busch took the lead for the first time with 78 laps to go on his way to his sixth career victory. "That was...
Kyle Busch brought the No. 5 Hendrick Chevrolet to victory lane to grab his second consecutive May win at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Busch took the lead for the first time with 78 laps to go on his way to his sixth career victory.
"That was awesome," said Busch. "I wasn't very happy in the beginning part of the race but the boys really pulled through. They made some awesome adjustments for me.I just want to thank all those guys.
"It's been awhile since they have been to victory lane."
Busch led on the final restart with 12 laps to go with Sterling Marlin squarely on his heels. Busch put up a formidable fight holding off the Cup series veteran to earn his first Busch win in his fifth start this season.
"I am happy," said Busch. "I haven't won a Busch race since the late Ricky Hendrick passed away so this one is for him."
Marlin making his ninth start in the No. 40 Fitz-Bradshaw Dodge held on for second. Marlin took two-tires on his final pit stop to gain the track position needed to get his ride to the front. It is his best finish of the season.
Ryan Newman was third. Newman made his first appearance in the Busch series since 2001 in the No. 39 Dodge. He will start on the pole for Sunday's Cup race.
"We went out and had fun," said Newman. "I want to thank all the guys at Penske Racing; I really had a lot of fun tonight."
Greg Biffle and Reed Sorenson complete the top five.
As per usual this year in the Busch series, wrecks were the story line of the race. Among the notable incidents were:
Shane Hmiel brought out the first yellow of the day continuing to prove that he is a weapon on the racetrack.
"I'm the first one to blame myself for making a mistake," said Hmiel upon wrecking his second car of the weekend. "The car was a little too loose, and all of a sudden we were going into one backwards. I don't know if we had a tire going down or what.it's really disappointing."
Despite being 14th in points coming into Lowe's Motor Speedway, Hmiel has been at the center of several wrecks this season; including the much publicized incident with Dale Jarrett at Bristol Motor Speedway and being a factor in the "big one" at Talladega Superspeedway.
"We've got to get out of this slump. It's been embarrassing."
Pole sitter Kasey Kahne wrecked on lap 54 between turns one and two after cutting down a tire bringing out the third caution of the night.
"We were getting tight and then the right front tire went down," said Kahne. "I got off the throttle and just nosed it into the wall. I don't care to get back into it (the race) myself. I'd rather just call it a day."
The cautions kept coming; including a spin by Elliott Sadler, while running eighth to bring out the eighth yellow of the event. Sadler knocked the No. 90 Ford into the turn four wall spinning into the infield grass.
Denny Hamlin has had nothing but bad luck this weekend, wrecking in practice and qualifying before becoming the ninth caution flag with 29 laps to go.
When the race went back to green with 20 to go, only two laps were completed before yellow number ten went in the air due to an incident between Jon Wood and Brett Sherman.
To complete the night, on the final lap, JJ Yeley wadded the No. 18 Chevy into the wall as Busch took the checkered flag.
All-in-all the yellow flag waved 11 times for 49 laps.
Carl Edwards continues to lead series standings. Clint Bowyer (-171), Reed Sorenson (-174), Martin Truex, Jr. (-230), and Ashton Lewis, Jr. (-278) complete the top five.