Kyle Busch recorded his fifth win of the season in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch started sixth and led the final 64 laps (laps 140 to 203) en route to victory lane. He came back from...
Kyle Busch recorded his fifth win of the season in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch started sixth and led the final 64 laps (laps 140 to 203) en route to victory lane. He came back from being two laps down early in the race.
It marks the sixth win of the season for Toyota and 43rd victory for a Camry driver since joining the series in 2007.
Busch now has 24 wins in the Nationwide Series driving a Joe Gibbs racing Camry.
Busch has now won the last four NASCAR points races -- the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series races at Dover, as well as the Camping World Truck Series Race at Charlotte, and today's Nationwide event.
Camry drivers Joey Logano (third), Jason Leffler (seventh) and Reed Sorenson (eighth) also earned top-10 finishes.
Other Camry drivers in the field were Michael Annett (14th), Trevor Bayne (17th), Steve Wallace (21st), Kasey Kahne (26th), Brendan Gaughan (32nd), Brian Scott (33rd) and Kevin LePage (37th).
Busch is currently second in the unofficial NNS point standings -- only 1 point behind leader Brad Keselowski. Joey Logano (seventh), Leffler (ninth), Scott (11th), Wallace (12th), Bayne (13th), Gaughan (14th), Annett (15th) and Sorenson (18th) are also in the top-20 after 12 of 35 races.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How were you able to come from two laps down to win this race? "We don't like to make them too easy I guess. What a race car this was - this Joe Gibbs Racing Camry was awesome. Can't thank NOS enough, Z-Line Designs, Nationwide, Gillette, Marquis Jets and Combos for all the guys that support this Nationwide program for us. It was really an awesome time. We had a great race car. In the beginning there we were really, really tight, then we made some changes and got really loose. I was just trying to fight it and find out what I needed. Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) made some great calls there at the end in making that car handle right and of course, staying out, not coming down pit road. I also want to thank all the fans too - it's cool."
What does it say about this race team to come back from two laps down to win? "It's a testament to this team and these guys and Jason Ratcliff (crew chief), the race car he prepared for me and all the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing - engine, chassis shop. They gave me a good piece here today. We've been fast in this car and this NOS Energy Drink Camry was fast again today. We had a good car. We messed around some there in the beginning and I thought I was really tight and just blowing the right front tire off of it. I came down pit road to make sure we stayed on the safe side of it and we were able to battle back."
JASON RATCLIFF, crew chief, No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How did you come from two laps down to win this race? "We were actually about two-and-a-half behind the leader at that time. The flags went our way and it stayed green so all those guys had to pit under green, which got us one lap back and then Kyle (Busch) was coming up through there really fast and the 15-lap newer tires we had, we were able to make up a lot of track position. Thankfully, we were right on the tail end of the lead lap when it all cycled out and Kyle did a great job there finding some speed, searching around and staying on the lead lap. From that point, it was just a matter of getting our car handling a lot better. Then to put the exclamation point on it, I think the pit crew, coming in fourth and putting us out front gave us an opportunity to win the race. Some more drama that I haven't even told Kyle is that we were really, really close on gas there because it didn't take all the fuel on the last stop. The stop was so good that we didn't get it full. We were good till about lap 201. If it went green, it was going to be really close. We were going to have to be getting as good of fuel mileage as we had been getting all day. Then with all the green-white-checkereds, it was pushing it."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 SportClips Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
Did you have anything for Kyle Busch at the end of the race? "Not enough again. I wish we could have turned it up just a little bit and would have at least had something for him, but just too tight. We thought two tires was going to make the difference. We were sitting in good position there, just not fast enough. We had a third place race car and we finished third. We can't be disappointed about it, but I just really want to win. I'm not going to put a smile on my face, but it is what it is. We've come close over and over again. We're close every week and I just want to win one of these things."
What did you learn in today's race that will help in tomorrow's Coca-Cola 600? "I did learn a lot about running the top and stuff. Hopefully it transfers over, sometimes it don't. This is one of my favorite tracks and I feel like I have a shot at it tomorrow. I'm going to get some rest tonight, hydrate plenty and be ready for the race."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 10 ABF Freight Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
How was your race today? "It was a good race for us. I have to thank all the boys on the ABF Camry, they did a good job. We started 40th, but we knew we had a good car and we were able to come up through the field there. We just got tight at the end, but Trip Bruce (crew chief) did another good job and the guys did a great job so I'm pretty happy."
REED SORENSON, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
How was your race today? "We were okay, we weren't as good as we thought we would be. We thought we had a top-five car and we ended up having an eighth place car. We think we know maybe what could be better, we are just trying to figure it out. We've had cars where we could finish second or third and then we have cars where we finish about eighth. We just need to go back to finishing in the top-five and get better."
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 St. Jude/Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry,
Finishing Position: 14th
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 OutPetCare.com Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip
Finishing Position: 17th
STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 21st
KASEY KAHNE, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 26th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 AB Circle Pro Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace
Finishing Position: 32nd
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 GiveLCH.org Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 33rd
KEVIN LEPAGE, No. 56 RaceDaySponsor.com Toyota Camry, Mac Hill
Finishing Position: 37th
-source: toyota motorsports