BUSCH BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD AT KANSAS LOTTERY 300 NOS Energy Drink driver has led 2,226 laps in 2009 season KANSAS CITY, KS (October 4, 2009) - No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry driver Kyle Busch extended his NASCAR Nationwide Series...
BUSCH BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD AT KANSAS LOTTERY 300
NOS Energy Drink driver has led 2,226 laps in 2009 season
KANSAS CITY, KS (October 4, 2009) - No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry driver Kyle Busch extended his NASCAR Nationwide Series standings lead with another record-setting day at Kansas Speedway in a runner-up finish to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano. Busch led 173 of 200 laps of the Kansas Lottery 300 to break Sam Ard's series record for laps led in a season. Ard, a two-time series champion, led 2,127 laps in 1984. Busch has now led 2,226 laps after 29 of 35 races in 2009.
Despite leading most of the race, Busch and the loose handling on his NOS Energy Drink Toyota succumbed the lead to the hard charging Logano with four laps remaining to record his tenth runner-up Nationwide Series finish of 2009 to go with his six wins.
With the second-place finish, Busch padded his NASCAR Nationwide Series point lead to 245 points over second-place Carl Edwards with six races remaining in the season.
How did the race unfold for you today? "We had a great race car and we came home second today. The NOS Energy Drink Camry was good. The guys did a great job working on it all weekend long and made it the best car out there all day. Unfortunately, I got beat by another driver. It just wasn't meant to be. It wasn't our day today, I guess. Unfortunately, we're sitting here talking about a second-place finish."
How frustrating is it to dominate the race and not win? "It's pretty self explanatory -- you just said it yourself -- it is frustrating. We had a great race car today. We were good in the points. I've only done that about 12 times this year, so it ain't the first time and it certainly ain't going to be the last time. We're looking for wins. I'd love to break that win record, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen this year. I'm running out of races. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait another year -- maybe when I'm not racing for points and can go for broke instead of having to bide my time and keep my car underneath me and not race too hard at the end."
What did you see and feel during those last few laps? "I knew he (Joey Logano) had started working the top side in order to start getting some momentum built up and he was better up there. I didn't feel like I needed to go up there. I felt like I was strong on the bottom. I ran the bottom all day long and felt like I could hold him off. But, he got a good run through (turns) three and four and got to my outside before I could shut the door on him. He got by me -- as soon as he built the plane (draft), it's over."