Watkins Glen: Kyle Busch race report

BUSCH HAS RECORD-SETTING DAY AT THE GLEN NOS ENERGY DRINK DRIVER EARNS EIGHTH RUNNER-UP FINISH OF 2009 WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 8, 2009) - The chicane at Watkins Glen might be called "the bus stop," but that didn't mean that Kyle Busch ...

BUSCH HAS RECORD-SETTING DAY AT THE GLEN
NOS ENERGY DRINK DRIVER EARNS EIGHTH RUNNER-UP FINISH OF 2009

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 8, 2009) - The chicane at Watkins Glen might be called "the bus stop," but that didn't mean that Kyle Busch had planned on stopping there at any point during Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

Unfortunately for Busch, he had to stop out of necessity on lap 64 when eventual winner Marcos Ambrose drove to the outside of Busch on the entry of the chicane, forcing Busch to miss the entrance and cut the course-a maneuver that requires a sudden stop if initiated. Busch lost the lead but fought back from third place with 19 laps to go to score his eighth runner-up finish of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.

The result helped Busch enter the pages of NASCAR Nationwide Series history: today marked the tenth consecutive race in which Busch finished in first or second-place, breaking the record of nine held by Jack Ingram in 1983.

Busch's second-place finish came after starting seventh. He utilized a full-course caution to pit for tires and fuel. A lightning-quick pit stop allowed him to leave pit road with much-needed track position, lining him up in third-place on a restart with 35 laps to go. He took the lead one lap later.

After Ambrose passed Busch for the lead, Busch recovered from the bus stop incident by passing Denny Hamlin for second-place. After losing a position on a late-race restart, Busch drove into second once again after overtaking Carl Edwards. He would go on to finish second in his NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry.

Busch now leads Edwards by 212 points in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. The Zippo 200 was the 19th-straight race in which Busch has led at least one lap, tying the record held by Sam Ard.

KYLE'S QUOTES ON THE ZIPPO 200

How was your race today?

"It wasn't a bad day I guess. The car wasn't the best that it could've been I don't think. Unfortunately, we may have missed on something and I'm not sure what. It was just a little something because last year

when I was in the 92 car I felt like we were better than Marcos (Ambrose) until Jeff Burton and I got together. This year I didn't have anything for him--just a little something missing. All in all it was a good day. The guys were great on pit road. They got me out first and got me the track position that I needed when I needed it. Restarts were kind of a fiasco. Even from up front it was a little bit and just hard racing but we came home second."

Did you think Marcos Ambrose's late-race move around you was too aggressive?

"I think it was a little aggressive getting into the bus stop but you've got to do what you've got to do to win. I felt like it was a really, really late move and if I would've went through there with him I would've wrecked so I had to do what I had to do to preserve my car and save myself. We had the second best car today. I was trying to hold him off but just didn't have enough to do it unfortunately."

What did you think when you saw Marcos Ambrose make the move?

"I never saw him. I heard him and I heard him in the grass or wherever the hell he was. I don't know where he was. And I had to turn left. I couldn't keep going through the bus stop."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Marcos Ambrose , Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch