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Polesitter Busch Dominates Nationwide Race At Texas

Beats on NASCAR rivals in his Toyota
Saturday, April 04, 2009

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Kyle Busch, The Dominator
Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR
It's high time Kyle Busch got a new nickname.

"Shrub" is no longer worthy of the younger Busch brother -- so how about "The Dominator?"

Busch led a track-record 178 of 200 laps in winning Saturday's O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway by 1.447 seconds over fast-closing Tony Stewart.

In claiming his second Nationwide victory of the season and the 23rd of his career, Busch achieved several milestones. He became the first driver to win a Nationwide race at Texas from the pole and won a record third straight event in the series at the 1.5-mile intermediate speedway.

Third-place finisher Brad Keselowski was running second and gaining ground on Busch before NASCAR called the fourth and final caution of the race on Lap 188, after rookie John Wes Townley's No. 09 Ford smacked the Turn 4 wall. Keselowski started from the rear of the field in a backup car after wrecking during Thursday’s qualifying session.

Busch pulled away after the restart with seven laps left, while Stewart, who had stopped for four tires under the caution, charged from seventh to second during the closing circuits. Busch won for the 12th time in his last 29 Nationwide starts, dating to last year's spring race at Texas.

David Ragan finished fourth and Paul Menard came home fifth. Matt Kenseth, Mike Bliss, Jeff Burton, David Reutimann and rookie Justin Allgaier completed the top 10.

Busch said he was fighting a loose condition that worsened as the race progressed. That's why Keselowski was able to gain ground late in the race, but the caution ended his chance for victory.

"If we didn't get a caution like we did, it probably would have been a heck of a show," said Busch, who pulled away after the last restart while Keselowski battled Joey Logano for the second position.

"I was just so loose today, and finally, there at the end, we got it tightened up. That was pretty cool…  And, fortunately, the caution did fly there. Some guys came in and got tires. I saw Carl (Edwards) got banged up there, so it's a good points day for us, but you've got to have that sometimes to get back to the winning ways."

Busch trimmed Edwards' series points lead to 38, thanks to a late-race wreck involving Edwards and Logano. With four laps remaining, Logano's Toyota squeezed Edwards' Ford into the outside wall as Edwards was trying to work his way toward the front.

Forced to pit because of a flat tire, Edwards finished 18th, two laps down. Logano stayed on the lead lap but dropped to 12th after the contact.

"We were driving to get everything we could," Edwards said. "I had a run on the outside of him. I had my nose up there. I don't think his spotter told him, or he just decided to block at the last moment, but it was too late -- he came across the hood and got me into the wall and got himself into the wall.

"Six more inches, and it would have been fine."

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 195/10 200 Running
2 8 33 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Armor All 175/5 200 Running
3 42 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Hellmann's 170/5 200 Running
4 4 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 160/0 200 Running
5 3 198 Paul Menard Ford Richmond / Menards 155/0 200 Running
6 2 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 150/0 200 Running
7 13 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 146/0 200 Running
8 5 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 147/5 200 Running
9 20 10 David Reutimann Toyota Beringer Vineyards 138/0 200 Running
10 11 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon FiOS Internet 134/0 200 Running
11 31 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 130/0 200 Running
12 10 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 127/0 200 Running
13 12 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 124/0 200 Running
14 30 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 121/0 200 Running
15 16 27 Jason Keller Ford Cottonelle / Brookshire's 118/0 200 Running
16 17 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota Autism Awareness / America's Incredible Pizza Company 115/0 200 Running
17 15 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Tom's Snacks 112/0 200 Running
18 6 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Turf Builder 109/0 198 Running
19 19 99 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 106/0 198 Running
20 9 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Fastenal 103/0 197 Running
21 38 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 100/0 197 Running
22 36 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 97/0 197 Running
23 40 61 Brandon Whitt Ford Flyin R Electric 94/0 196 Running
24 35 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 91/0 195 Running
25 33 42 Kenny Hendrick Dodge Smith-Ganassi Racing 88/0 195 Running
26 23 177 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet SFP 85/0 195 Running
27 41 05 Casey Atwood Ford MC2 Energy Drink / 31-W Insulation 82/0 195 Running
28 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 79/0 195 Running
29 26 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Cash4Gold.com / Racing 1-800-527-1801 76/0 195 Running
30 32 07 David Green Toyota PMCLife.com 73/0 194 Running
31 14 81 Kevin Hamlin Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 70/0 194 Running
32 27 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 67/0 194 Running
33 37 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Courtyard By Marriott 64/0 189 Running
34 25 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 61/0 188 Running
35 28 32 Burney Lamar Toyota Dollar General 58/0 185 Running
36 29 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 55/0 182 In Pit
37 18 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 52/0 175 Running
38 22 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge my123backup.com 49/0 133 In Pit
39 24 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 46/0 56 In Pit
40 43 0 J C Stout Chevrolet Cash4Gold.com / Racing 1-800-527-1801 43/0 41 In Pit
41 21 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Corrie Stott Racing.com 40/0 18 Out of Race
42 7 91 Terry Cook Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 7 In Pit
43 34 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 34/0 5 In Pit

* Denotes Rookie

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