Kyle Busch earned his sixth NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win of the year in Saturday afternoon's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Busch earned his second NNS win at the one-mile oval becoming the first driver to ever win two NNS ...
Kyle Busch earned his sixth NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win of the year in Saturday afternoon's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).
Busch earned his second NNS win at the one-mile oval becoming the first driver to ever win two NNS races at the speedway. The win was the third for Toyota at NHMS, eighth of the season and 45th since joining the series in 2007.
Busch became the all-time NNS lap leader with 8,117 laps after leading six times for 126 (of 200) laps in today's race.
The win marks the 36th for Busch in his career, tying him for second on the all-time win list with Kevin Harvick.
Today's win was the 50th NNS win for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Joey Logano (fourth), Trevor Bayne (fifth), Reed Sorenson (eighth) and Brendan Gaughan (10th) also finished among the top-10 for Toyota at NHMS.
Camry drivers Steve Wallace (11th), Jason Leffler (14th), Michael Annett (19th), Brian Scott (26th) and Tayler Malsam (35th) were also in the field.
Camry drivers Busch (fourth), Gaughan (seventh), Wallace (eighth), Logano (ninth), Bayne (10th), Leffler (11th) Scott (13th), Annett (14th) and Sorenson (15th) are in the top-15 in the unofficial NNS points standings after 16 of 35 races.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How was your race car today?
"It was a good car. These guys did a great job for me. I can't thank Z-Line Designs, Jim and Monica Sexton (Z-Line Designs owners) enough. It's fun to race out here with these guys and to race in the Nationwide Series. I knew Joey (Logano) was really good. I felt like our car was better on the long, long run. Halfway on a fuel run to the end of that, we didn't quite have that at the end. What a great race and it's a lot of fun with these cars. Can't wait to keep racing these things."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
What happened on the final restart? "Driver error - that would be the biggest thing. I probably should have finished second, but I spun my tires and that was my fault. Under the caution I was trying to spin my tires and they wouldn't spin. I didn't think I was going to have good forward drive on the start. Kyle (Busch) beat me those last few restarts so I knew I had to get it right this time. I hit it right, but just spun the heck out of them. After that we were a third-place car. The 22 (Brad Keselowski) was probably the fastest there at the end which was surprising. We'll move on and keep on going. It's tough. You feel like you're close to it, but I just feel bad for the guys because I screwed up."
Do you think you could have passed Kyle Busch if you hadn't spun the tires? "I don't think I would have passed him (Kyle Busch) either way. I got behind the 60 (Carl Edwards) and I was a little faster than him, but I wasn't much. He was pretty much faster - the 22 (Brad Keselowski) and the 18 (Kyle Busch) were faster than me at the last run there. We just needed a little bit more. We needed about a half-a-tenth to win the race, that's how close it is."
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 OUT! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 5th
How does it feel to earn your first Nationwide top-five finish? "It's awesome to be going back on an uphill slope. We got in a little slump there for a while, but we've got a lot of good things going on. Out Pet Care came on board here and ever since then, it seems like we've been climbing. We finished 11th at Kentucky, 10th at the road course and now fifth here. It looks like we have to just keep doing what we're doing and we'll be good to go."
REED SORENSON, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota Camry,
Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
How strong was your car in today's race? "Our Camry was probably a 15th place Camry today. My pit crew on the restart got me that one. We came down and took four tires and we beat everybody out. There was like five cars in front of us when we entered pit road and my boys ripped off the best stop they've had since I've been with Rusty Wallace Racing. That's a really, really good feeling. Then Chris Lambert (spotter) on restarts, he and I don't get to work with each other all the time. I get Buddy Parrott and Chris Lambert and both of them do a great job, but on a track like this, Lambert was clearing me early and letting me be a little aggressive. He knows I had to be it and I was aggressive making it in the middle and making a hole and making it up and down. That literally was probably a 15th place Toyota Camry and thanks to a restart, which I love, a great pit crew and a great spotter - we got ourselves a top-10."
STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 19th
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 BigSpot.com Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 26th
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 10 Braun Racing Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 35th
-source: toyota motorsports