BUSCH ONE MOVE AWAY FROM DAYTONA WIN NOS ENERGY DRINK DRIVER LEADS 14 LAPS EN ROUTE TO RUNNER-UP FINISH DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 3, 2009) - Kyle Busch might have had the winning pass drawn up on Friday night; however, a late-race caution ...
BUSCH ONE MOVE AWAY FROM DAYTONA WIN
NOS ENERGY DRINK DRIVER LEADS 14 LAPS EN ROUTE TO RUNNER-UP FINISH
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 3, 2009) - Kyle Busch might have had the winning pass drawn up on Friday night; however, a late-race caution pre-empted him from executing such a move.
With teammate Joey Logano drafting behind him in a "green-white-checkered" shootout, Busch had leader Clint Bowyer in the crosshairs when the yellow flag fell, indicating an immediate end to the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Busch was registered with a second-place finish as the field was frozen.
The near-win and eventual runner-up score was well-earned on Busch's behalf as he drove the NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry into the top five by lap 25 after starting the 100-lap event in 19th-place. Busch found the lead on lap 35 in which he led a total of 14 laps prior to pitting during a lap 45 caution period.
After restarting second, Busch had a spirited battle for the lead with Michael Waltrip until two caution periods broke up the steady green-flag run. If Busch departed the top five during the remainder of the race, it wasn't for long. He continued to be a mainstay in the lead draft for the balance of the evening until a caution on lap 93 set up the aforementioned green-white-checkered finish.
Busch's fifth consecutive top-five Daytona Nationwide finish helped expand his NASCAR Nationwide Series point lead to 172 points over second-place Carl Edwards.
KYLE'S QUOTES ON THE RACE
What was your plan on the last lap had it gone all of the way?
"There really wasn't one. It was all going to depend on what happened with the 20 (Joey Logano) and I getting into turn one through one and two and down the back stretch. If we could've got teamed up together and he could've pushed me down the back maybe I could've done something like in February and got up underneath the 29 (Clint Bowyer) and packed some air underneath his spoiler and try to get him loose and move him up the track. Other than that, it was pretty much just going to finish down in order. Whatever lane got the best push was going to be the lane that was going to have the overcome. The 20 (Joey Logano) did a great job on that last restart. We talked about that earlier today and he got us a good second-place finish there and knocked Carl (Edwards) back a little bit wherever."
Was the bottom lane the place to be tonight?
"It was and I expected it to be that way tonight. The inside lane I figured was going to be the way to go because these cars are wide open the whole time almost. I think tomorrow it will be the top. The outside lane carrying the momentum is definitely going to be the better lane."
Did you think you had a car capable of winning tonight?
"We didn't have the best car tonight so we'll take a second place. That car the 29 (Clint Bowyer) had was pretty fast and of course it's a bowtie and we're struggling with what we've got with Toyota. It was a great race for us. We got a good second place finish out of it instead of being torn up and being in the back. It does suck to finish second but I'm glad we did because the 29 (Clint Bowyer) was fast."