Kyle Busch earned his sixth NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) victory of the season in Saturday night's race at Gateway International Speedway. Busch led five times for 90 (of 200) laps in the 250-mile race to earn his first victory at the...
Kyle Busch earned his sixth NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) victory of the season in Saturday night's race at Gateway International Speedway.
Busch led five times for 90 (of 200) laps in the 250-mile race to earn his first victory at the 1.25-mile oval.
The victory was the 16th NNS win for Busch in a Camry and the 31st win for Toyota since entering the series in 2007.
Toyota drivers Reed Sorenson (second), Brad Coleman (fifth) and Michael Annett (seventh) also posted top-10 finishes.
Other Camry drivers in the field included Jason Leffler (14th), Trevor Bayne (27th), Kevin Conway (28th), Scott Lagasse, Jr. (33rd), Chad Blount (36th) and Kelly Bires (40th).
Busch extends his lead in the unofficial NNS standings by 212 points over second-place Carl Edwards. Other Camry drivers in the top-15 in the point standings include Leffler (fourth), Logano (fifth), Lagasse, Jr. (12th) and Annett (14th).
BRAD COLEMAN, No. 20 Rudy's.com Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 5th
Are you happy with your run tonight? "I've got to thank Joe Gibbs Racing for putting me in this situation driving this car. I'm truly blessed to be on this team and have this car. This didn't come easily though. We had a clutch fail halfway through the race. Every time we came in the pits we had to shut off the car and push it and lost a lot of position. The pit crew did an awesome job and all of the Rudy's people are here so it's really cool to have them here to celebrate this because this is a good finish for us."
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Ventrilo Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
How was your run tonight? "It was just a battle all night. We started 38th in the field and it was pretty cool to see the guys never give up and just kept making the car better. We've kind of struggled this season so we've been talking about consistency so I think tonight was a good start. From where we came from and how our car was in Milwaukee a month ago to where our short track program is now, we're just looking forward to getting to ORP and Iowa after that."
Are you happy with a top-10 finish tonight? "We're real happy. For starting pretty much dead last on the field and the guys just fought all night and just kept making the car better and better. We made some great calls -- a two tire stop there at the end that put us in position and made the car good enough for that last about 15 lap stint there. We're really happy. Our short track program just keeps improving and improving and we've got two more the next two weeks so we're definitely looking forward to it."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Aaron's Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 27th
KEVIN CONWAY, No. 87 Extenze Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 28th
SCOTT LAGASSE, JR., No. 11 America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 33rd
What happened to take you out of the race? "It's very frustrating for these guys and for myself. We were going to get America's Incredible Pizza Company the run they deserved there. I had a great race car in long runs -- a little loose getting going. I just got run over. I hate it this early in the race. There's plenty of racing left. It's just very frustrating. It will hurt us in the points and it's just a bad way to end a good night."
What happened a few laps earlier when you made contact with Steve Wallace? "I don't know. It's probably a little bit of aggressive racing. I tried to get low down as hard as I could basically on the flat part of the race track there and tried not to get into him. I hate it for those guys because I know they work hard. I'm not sure. Am I going to take completely blame for that? No. But am I sorry? For sure, yes."
CHAD BLOUNT, No. 10 Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 36th
KELLY BIRES, No. 47 Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 40th
-credit: toyota motorsports