March 29th, 2015
Kyle Busch has now gone two for two in races at the Bristol Motor Speedway this week. First it was winning Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 and add to that the Nationwide Series Food City 250.
He not only won the race, but did it in dominate fashion leading 228 laps of the 250 laps that were run. Career win number 60 and his sixth of the year came by 0.831 seconds. It was also more practice for Busch doing his no hands burnouts.
“It comes from preparation, it comes from the shop, it comes from practice here. Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and I — we work real well together. Those guys work hard. Today — just great car and great job by these guys putting together such a great Monster Energy Camry. It was a lot of fun tonight. It’s cool when you can start up front, lead laps like that, but yet you have some battles with holding off the 22 (Brad Keselowski) and having to pass the 32 (Kyle Larson) — just a fun day. Toyota Camry was awesome so can’t say enough about JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) engines, Nationwide Insurance, the fans — whether you’re cheering of booing, don’t matter. We’re here to win races, take trophies home and that’s what we’re going to try to do tomorrow night too,” said Busch from victory lane.
Following him to the checkered flag was Brad Keselowski, who failed in his attempt to win his fifth straight race he’s entered in the Nationwide Series.
“We obviously had a pretty good car. I think we started 14th or 15th and got up in the front few on the first run and then had amazing pit stops today. This was a really, really good indicator and a strong reminder of why I drive this car and I’m part of this series to work with those guys and try to be better there and showcased today that effort…We just came up a little bit short obviously on the track and just didn’t quite have enough speed to get by Kyle. He definitely had pretty good speed. I got close to him, but not close enough,” commented Keselowski after the race.
It looked like the race was going to be a snoozer as they went 66 laps before the first caution for debris. Another long green flag run ended 40 laps later when Nelson Piquet, Jr. got loose and spun into the inside wall on lap 105.
Playing strategy, Kyle Larson did not pit and became the leader. In the spring race, Larson nearly pulled off the victory on Busch and was ready to close the deal this time around.
After 22 laps in the lead, Busch got back by Larson and put his car on cruise control.
It was a tough night for the other Joe Gibbs Racing teams as Drew Herring, getting his third start of the year, was taken out on lap 154 by Mike Bliss. Herring was not pleased with Bliss nor the idea that his last race of the year would end like that.
Brian Vickers, who came into the race fifth in points, lost control of his car and hit the inside wall. While spinning Vickers made contact with Parker Kligerman. Vickers got back on the track and finished 34th while Kligerman was out and finished 35th. The finish dropped Vickers to sixth in points.
It was a rough night for other championship contenders. Regan Smith had a broken wheel that caused him to make an unscheduled pit stop. He also had troubles when Vickers spun. He came home in the 21st position.
Sam Hornish, Jr. suffered from a spark plug issue that relegated his finish to 12th place. He was noticeably off the pace from other drivers, so 12th was a great finish considering. Hornish continues to lead the points. “When things started missing I figured it was gonna come apart and it turned out it was a spark plug wire issue. It’s unfortunate we let them close back in again, but Bristol really isn’t one of my strongest tracks…I knew that tonight was gonna be rough and our Snap-On Ford Mustang I definitely believe was a top-five race car if we had all eight cylinders.”
Austin Dillon took advantage of other’s misfortune by finishing third in the race and moving up two points positions to second place. “I just can’t say enough about our guys on this No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team. They built such a great Camaro for us. We had some bad pit stops tonight, but that car was built so well that we could just drive back up through traffic, so that’s just a testament to what they do at RCR. I’m so proud of Danny Stockman and all of the guys.”
Next up for the Nationwide Series is the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 from the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Coverage starts at 7:30 PM EST and can be seen on ESPN2.
|1||1||54||Kyle Busch||Monster Energy||Toyota||250||$53,315||Running||228||0|
|2||15||22||Brad Keselowski||Discount Tire||Ford||250||$37,650||Running||0||0|
|6||8||6||Trevor Bayne||Ford EcoBoost||Ford||250||$26,800||Running||0||38|
|8||16||5||Kasey Kahne||Great Clips||Chevrolet||250||$19,895||Running||0||0|
|9||2||2||Brian Scott||Husky Liners||Chevrolet||250||$25,650||Running||0||35|
|10||25||11||Elliott Sadler||OneMain Financial||Toyota||249||$27,400||Running||0||34|
|11||21||43||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers / Jack Links||Ford||248||$25,375||Running||0||33|
|12||13||12||Sam Hornish Jr||Snap-On||Ford||248||$25,075||Running||0||32|
|13||11||60||Travis Pastrana||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||248||$24,975||Running||0||31|
|14||17||10||Cole Whitt||Gold Bond / Carnegie Hotel||Toyota||248||$18,910||Running||0||30|
|15||20||21||Brendan Gaughan||South Point Hotel & Casino||Chevrolet||248||$20,040||Running||0||0|
|16||29||14||Jeff Green||Hefty / Reynolds||Toyota||248||$24,830||Running||0||28|
|17||18||19||Mike Bliss||Tweaker Energy Shot||Toyota||247||$24,785||Running||0||27|
|19||19||29||Kenny Wallace||American Ethanol||Toyota||246||$18,705||Running||0||25|
|20||26||44||Chad Hackenbracht||Tastee Apple Inc.||Toyota||246||$25,340||Running||0||0|
|22||30||51||Jeremy Clements||Value Lighting||Chevrolet||246||$24,555||Running||0||22|
|23||36||4||Landon Cassill||Flex Seal||Chevrolet||246||$24,495||Running||0||21|
|24||22||30||Nelson Piquet Jr||Worx||Chevrolet||246||$24,460||Running||0||20|
|25||23||98||Kevin Swindell||Carroll Shelby Engines||Ford||246||$24,875||Running||0||19|
|26||27||16||Ryan Reed||Drive to Stop Diabetes||Ford||245||$24,335||Running||0||18|
|27||35||1||Mike Wallace||GK Services||Chevrolet||245||$24,275||Running||0||17|
|30||38||23||Robert Richardson||North Texas Pipe||Chevrolet||242||$24,400||Running||0||14|
|31||37||24||Blake Koch||M&W Transportation||Toyota||241||$24,065||Running||0||13|
|34||9||20||Brian Vickers||Dollar General||Toyota||194||$23,950||Running||0||10|
|36||12||18||Drew Herring||Z-Line Designs||Toyota||151||$22,615||Accident||0||8|
|37||33||37||Matt DiBenedetto||National Cash Lenders||Dodge||67||$16,595||Brakes||0||7|
|38||40||46||J.J. Yeley||Curtis Key Plumbing||Chevrolet||7||$16,556||Handling||0||0|
|40||32||42||Josh Wise||Curtis Key Plumbing||Chevrolet||4||$16,430||Vibration||0||4|