January 22nd, 2015
Kyle Busch put forth a dominating performance Saturday after leading 195 of 200 laps and winning the Dollar General 300 from the Chciagoland Speedway. The victory was his 10th of the year, second of the weekend (he won Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race), and 61st of his Nationwide Series career.
We certainly had a lot of fun here. Appreciate Monster Energy, Toyota, JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) engines and Nationwide Insurance and having this series to provide for us. And, of course, the Lord has blessed us today with another awesome finish. Just can’t say enough about what all this year has been and how many times we’ve been to victory lane, I should say. We got to work on a little bit on Sundays — got to be able to do it there too. Thank the fans. Appreciate their support. It’s exciting to win two of the three. Hopefully, we can back it up with another one tomorrow,” commented Busch in victory lane.
Busch started on the pole and lead the opening 25 laps. It was during a cycle of pit stops that Jeremy Clements and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. led a combined three laps. Off of a restart from the first caution Joey Logano led two laps before Busch re-took the lead and led the remaining 170.
With Busch checked out, the racing was intense for second where teammates Logano and Sam Hornish, Jr. swapped the position.
“I feel like we had the kind of day we are supposed to at this point in time. We were smart with the car and when we got spread out with the restarts we worked our way forward. We ran around Joey quite a bit today. We raced hard together there at the end. We felt like we were a little too free on one of our runs and tightened it up for the end there but just didn’t have enough to compete for the win,” said Hornish after the race.
It was a tough day for rookie Kyle Larson before and during the race. In qualifying for the event he spun, which resulted in him starting 39th when the green flag flew. During the race he took his time and made his way up into the top-5. That all ended on lap 176 when a tire let go that put him into the wall. He would finish 32nd.
Title contenders Elliott Sadler, Regan Smith, and Justin Allgaier each had issues near the end of the race. For Sadler, he slowed on the track to pit and was run into by Brett Butler. The resulting damage relegated him to a 19th place finish, one lap off the pace.
Smith and Allgaier made contact on lap 184 when Allgaier got into the wall then into Smith. Smith spun his JR Motorsports Chevrolet, but didn’t hit anything. Allgaier had minor damage to the right side of his car, but made repairs, and continued. They finished 12th (Allgaier) and 13th (Smith) which was a good recover considering what happened, but lost ground because new point leader Hornish (3rd) and second place Austin Dillon (4th) finished well ahead of them.
With 26 races in the books, Hornish leads Dillon by 17. Smith is third 36 points behind, Sadler is fourth 44 behind, and Brian Vickers sits fifth 56 behind. Allgaier dropped to sixth place, 61 out of the lead.
Next up for the Nationwide Series is the Kentucky 300 being run under the lights at the Kentucky Motor Speedway. Coverage kicks off at 7:30 PM EST next Saturday and can be seen on ESPN.
|1||1||54||Kyle Busch||Monster Energy||Toyota||200||$82,650||Running||195||0|
|2||3||22||Joey Logano||Discount Tire||Ford||200||$60,050||Running||2||0|
|3||4||12||Sam Hornish Jr||Wurth||Ford||200||$53,525||Running||0||41|
|5||6||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Great Clips||Chevrolet||200||$31,975||Running||2||0|
|6||10||20||Brian Vickers||Dollar General||Toyota||200||$31,375||Running||0||38|
|7||18||18||Matt Kenseth||Game Stop||Toyota||200||$24,325||Running||0||0|
|8||5||77||Parker Kligerman||Bandit Chippers||Toyota||200||$29,675||Running||0||36|
|10||9||30||Nelson Piquet Jr||Hooters||Chevrolet||200||$29,500||Running||0||34|
|11||8||99||Alex Bowman||Toyota Care||Toyota||200||$26,750||Running||0||33|
|13||16||7||Regan Smith||Clean Coal||Chevrolet||200||$25,650||Running||0||31|
|14||19||2||Brian Scott||Shore Lodge||Chevrolet||200||$25,140||Running||0||30|
|15||14||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||200||$25,780||Running||0||29|
|16||17||98||Kevin Swindell||Caroll Shelby Motors||Ford||200||$24,470||Running||0||28|
|17||11||29||Kenny Wallace||Toyota Care||Toyota||200||$18,185||Running||0||27|
|18||15||43||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers||Ford||200||$23,925||Running||0||26|
|19||7||11||Elliott Sadler||OneMain Financial||Toyota||199||$24,715||Running||0||25|
|21||27||44||Chad Hackenbracht||TriStar Motorsports||Toyota||198||$23,395||Running||0||0|
|22||29||4||Landon Cassill||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||198||$23,285||Running||0||22|
|23||35||19||Mike Bliss||TriStar Motorsports||Toyota||198||$23,150||Running||0||21|
|24||21||51||Jeremy Clements||Value Lighting||Chevrolet||198||$23,040||Running||1||21|
|25||25||14||Eric McClure||Hefty Ultimate||Toyota||198||$23,380||Running||0||19|
|27||24||60||Travis Pastrana||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||196||$22,685||Running||0||17|
|28||26||01||Mike Wallace||G&K Services||Chevrolet||193||$22,565||Running||0||16|
|29||37||23||Juan Carlos Blum||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||189||$22,415||Running||0||15|
|33||38||40||Reed Sorenson||Curtis Key Plumbing||Chevrolet||172||$21,925||Running||0||11|
|36||30||74||Kevin Lepage||TBA||Dodge||30||$20,445||Fuel Pump||0||8|
|37||33||37||Tanner Berryhill||Nationa lCash Lenders||Dodge||21||$14,325||Electrical||0||7|
|39||34||46||J.J. Yeley||Curtis Key Plumbing||Chevrolet||4||$13,940||Rear Gear||0||0|
|40||40||10||Jeff Green||TriStar Motorsports||Toyota||3||$13,830||Vibration||0||4|