Busch Earns 10th Nationwide Series Win at Texas; Farm Bureau Insurance Earns First Trip to Victory Lane Kyle Busch earned a milestone victory by winning Saturday's O'Reilly Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort...
Busch Earns 10th Nationwide Series Win at Texas; Farm Bureau Insurance Earns First Trip to Victory Lane
Kyle Busch earned a milestone victory by winning Saturday's O'Reilly Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The driver of the No. 18 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota led five times for an astonishing 174 laps in the 200-lap race to score his 10th Nationwide Series win of the season, tying the mark set by Sam Ard in 1983. The win was also Busch's 21st career Nationwide Series victory in 136 career starts.
"It was a strong car all day and it kind of set the tone," said Busch, who swept the Nationwide Series races at Texas in 2008, as he won the April 5 race at the 1.5-mile oval to kick-off what has become a dominant season. "We had a good race car yesterday when we were practicing it. It felt good. It had speed, but the balance wasn't quite there so we were working on it. Joel (Weidman, crew chief) made some good calls in practice trying to get it right, and we made it to where it was really good today off the bat.
"It sort of got loose a little bit through the race and we tightened it up with some adjustments there. Fortunately for us, we were up front all day and didn't have to mire through much traffic, but I still feel like our car was good enough to do so."
The win was also the first for Farm Bureau Insurance, which through its 4,200-member agency sales force provides auto, home and life insurance to customers and fans throughout the Southeast.
"Farm Bureau Insurance had a huge hospitality here," said Joe Gibbs, team owner. "They're fairly new with us. That was extremely exciting, getting them in the winner's circle. That's really important for us, because as we all know, the sponsorships is kind of what makes us tick."
Joe Gibbs Racing has now won an eye-popping 19 Nationwide Series races in 2008 -- 10 via the team's No. 18 car and nine by the organization's No. 20 car.
The victory propelled the No. 18 car, which has run only a partial schedule so far this season, up one spot to 23rd in the Nationwide Series owner standings. The No. 20 car, meanwhile, continues to lead the series' owner standings, with a 54-point advantage over the No. 2 entry of Richard Childress Racing with only two races remaining
There were five caution periods for 20 laps, with eight drivers failing to finish the 300-mile race.
Finishing .253 of a second behind Busch was Carl Edwards, while Mark Martin, Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano and David Ragan secured the rest of the top-five. Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, David Reutimann, Marcos Ambrose and David Stremme comprised the remainder of the top-10.