IT'S BUSCH'S WORLD AT NEW HAMPSHIRE Z-Line Designs Driver Wins Camping World RV Sales 200 After back-to-back second-place finishes in the past two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, Kyle Busch got back into victory lane by winning Saturday's...
IT'S BUSCH'S WORLD AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
Z-Line Designs Driver Wins Camping World RV Sales 200
After back-to-back second-place finishes in the past two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, Kyle Busch got back into victory lane by winning Saturday's Camping World RV Sales 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
The driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) earned the win by beating his teammate, Joey Logano, to the stripe by .617 of a second. It was Busch's fifth Nationwide Series win of the season and his first since taking the checkered flag three weeks ago at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway.
"Today we didn't have the winning car, we made the winning car," said Busch, who now has 26 career Nationwide Series victories in 154 starts. "Sometimes when we're out front we're content with what we've got and we end up getting beat in the end. The show is stolen from us. But this is great. (Jason) Ratcliff (crew chief) and myself talked this past week about what we needed to do in order to get better, in order to take this team to victory lane instead of finishing second week in and week out. This is a good step in the right direction. I'm really proud of Jason and all of these guys here.
"The pit crew was phenomenal today. It was really a methodical race. We really had to plan our way through there. We had to strategize, we had to work our way up one car at a time. I don't think we put a mark on this thing all day long. The Z-Line Designs Toyota is pretty clean."
The win further extended Busch's lead in the championship point standings, as he now carries a 162-point advantage over his nearest pursuer, Carl Edwards, with 19 races still remaining.
Busch started ninth and led twice for 37 laps. He made his final drive to victory by passing Logano on lap 165 of the 200-lap race, and despite Logano having led six times for a race-high 108 laps, he was no match for Busch in the race's final stages.
"I may not show it as much, but you're never happy about finishing second," Logano said. "It's always tough, but it's cool to see both Gibbs cars up there week in and week out over here in the Nationwide Series. It's really cool. It seems like the last few races it's been me and Kyle coming down to the wire like that."
The Logano/Busch duo has finished 1-2 five times in the past two seasons, but Saturday's race at New Hampshire marked the first time Busch came out on top.
"Joey's a great racer and really has a lot of potential, and he's showing it for sure in the Nationwide Series as well as what he's been able to do in the (NASCAR Sprint) Cup Series," Busch said. "We're proud of him, and he'll be here a long time at Joe Gibbs Racing."
Finishing third behind Busch and Logano was Brad Keselowski, while Mike Bliss and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five. Edwards, Greg Biffle, Scott Speed, rookie Erik Darnell and Jason Leffler comprised the remainder of the top-10.
The race featured three caution periods for 15 laps, with 10 drivers failing to finish the race.
The next event on the Nationwide Series schedule is the July 3 Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.