BUSCH TAMES MONSTER MILE Kyle Busch sailed to victory in Saturday's Camping World RV Sales 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing...
BUSCH TAMES MONSTER MILE
Kyle Busch sailed to victory in Saturday's Camping World RV Sales 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
The driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) won the pole with a time of 23.189 seconds at 155.246 mph around the 1-mile oval, and when it came time to make 207 more laps around Dover's aptly named "Monster Mile," Busch made it look he was on a qualifying lap each time.
Busch scored his series-leading eighth win of the season in dominant fashion. He led three times for a race-high 157 laps, with a .866 of a second margin of victory over second-place Mike Bliss in a green-white-checkered finish, as the race was extended seven laps past its scheduled 200-lap distance. Busch has now led 1,550 laps of the 4,538 laps available to him in the 25 Nationwide Series he's competed in this year (34.2 percent).
"It was a great effort by this whole team," said Busch, who has averaged a win in every third Nationwide Series start. "Joel Weidman, the new crew chief on board this week -- he deserves it. He did a great job of calling the race today. Of course, we have to say 'hey' to the guys at home. I have to thank Z-Line Designs and Toyota, and of course, the fans that came out here today and watched on TV. It wasn't easy, but it was a pretty flawless day for us and we made it look easy."
Saturday's win extended Busch's record-shattering year by giving him 19 wins across NASCAR's top-three touring series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck. The 23-year-old has eight wins apiece in Sprint Cup and Nationwide and three in Craftsman Trucks. The victory also gave him a win in each series at Dover, as Busch came into the Camping World RV Sales 200 having won the Sprint Cup race earlier this year in June and the Craftsman Truck Series race in June 2005.
Busch broke the record for the most overall victories in a season two months ago when he won at O'Reilly Raceway Park near Indianapolis. It was his fifth Nationwide Series win of 2008 and his 15th overall victory, breaking Kevin Harvick's mark of 14 overall victories set in 2006.
"It's definitely been a phenomenal season and something to really cherish," said Busch, who now has five top-10 finishes in nine career Nationwide Series starts at Dover. "We want to thank everybody on this whole team -- everybody back at the shop.
"The Z-Line Designs Toyota was awesome. It was fast. It would go anywhere -- high, low, all over the place. I was just trying to be patient and ride our own race, and do what we needed to do to bring this thing home in first-place today."
The win allowed the No. 18 car, which has run only a partial schedule so far this season, to maintain its 26th position in the Nationwide Series owner standings.
The win was the sixth of the season for the No. 18 team, and it was also the 15th win of the season for JGR. The Huntersville, N.C., based team broke the Nationwide Series record for most wins by a single organization with Busch's win at O'Reilly. The previous record of 13 wins was set last year by Richard Childress Racing via drivers Kevin Harvick (six wins), Jeff Burton (five wins) and Clint Bowyer (two wins), who accomplished the feat driving the Nos. 21, 29 and 2 Nationwide Series entries.
Busch's JGR teammate, Joey Logano, started ninth and finished a respectable 14th after overcoming a cut left-rear tire on lap 121 that required an unscheduled pit stop.
There were seven caution periods for 34 laps, with 17 drivers failing to finish the 207-lap race.