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Busch dominates Nationwide race in Toyota

NASCAR's best driver wins again
Sunday, June 07, 2009

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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway
Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR
Kyle Busch raced to his fourth Nationwide Series victory of the year and ninth overall NASCAR win of the season Saturday night, easily holding off Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards in the Federated Auto Parts 300.

The 24-year-old Busch celebrated the victory -- his 51st overall in NASCAR's top three series -- by smashing the guitar trophy in Victory Lane. He also has three Sprint Cup victories and two Camping World Trucks wins this year.

Busch started from the pole and led four times for 173 laps.  The win is Busch's 25th career NNS victory and it marks the 27th win for Toyota since joining the series in 2007.

Keselowski, the race winner last year coming off a victory last week in Dover, was second -- 0.891 seconds back. Edwards, a three-time Nashville Superspeedway winner, finished third on the 1.333-mile concrete oval.

Mike Bliss was fourth, followed by Jason Leffler.

Quotes - Winner Kyle Busch

What was the race like tonight?
"What an awesome race car -- what an awesome group, these guys here.  I owe it all to them.  It's great to be able to come back here and finally get this monkey off our back or whatever its been.  I want to thank the fans and everybody at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing), all the guys at the shop.  They do a phenomenal job for us.  NOS Energy Drink, Z-Line, Marquis Jets, Gillette and Toyota --everybody that makes this possible for us.  It's been a hard couple weeks.  I'm out of breath -- that was a lot of running right there.  It was fun.  This night was good.  (Brad) Keselowski was better than us at the end of the race, but I was just trying to be conservative and not let anything happen -- again."

Are you happy to finally win at Nashville?
"What a great place to do it at.  This is the team -- this one here is for the team.  I told them I was going to give them a piece of that guitar.  I can always buy another one so I gave them pieces.  I want to thank the fans.  It's great for them coming out and sticking around and NOS Energy Drink, Z-Line Designs, everybody on this whole team, guys at the shop -- they do a phenomenal job for us.  We unloaded and we were good, not great, made it better and fortunately there we had just enough laps to hold off the 88 (Brad Keselowski).  He was fast, he was coming."

Did you hear every little noise in the last five laps of the race worrying about what has happened to you before?
"Yeah, I heard some tire chunks coming out from underneath the back of it, but it was just rubber falling out of the back when it gets collected up in there after long runs.  I heard it falling out and I'm like, 'Man I hope I just didn't run over something.'  But we just kept it cool and kept running my lap times and trying to do what I could do to run what I needed to run at my pace to keep the 88 (Brad Keselowski) back there."

How excited are you about this win after some disappointing finishes recently?
"It was fun.  It was a good day overall.  We had the opportunity to come here yesterday and get some practice in with the rain that happened in Pocono and then Pocono practice went decent today and I felt alright about it. We had a great race car here that was able to sit on the pole and the one that led the most laps I believe and was fast upfront there.  I know (Brad) Keselowski was fast coming there at the end.  He had a good car and they've got some good stuff figured out on the concrete tracks.  He won last week at Dover, was third best to Joey (Logano) and myself.  Today I felt like he was the fastest car.  We just had the right stuff go our way.  We were upfront and got out a ways on a long run from him in order to have a good pit stop and we tightened the car up a little bit there on the last run just to try to make it go a little faster on a short run, and maybe it was  a little too tight and that's why he was running us down.  Still an overall great race for us.  Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) made great calls there last night to make some adjustments to the car for today and the race went well.  I wasn't sure how the strategy was going to work out with everybody getting off there for a while but it turns out it came back to us and everybody was able to get back on the same strategy there towards the second to last stop."

What happened on the last pit stop?
"For me, my job was mostly just getting onto pit road smooth and clean without getting a penalty there.  I felt like I left a little bit out there coming to pit road because I should've charged it a little bit harder the first green-flag start but I didn't want to make a mistake that late in the race and screw our finish up.  Slow and steady won the race tonight and just being good with it and being smart about it.  The pit stop was good.  The guys had a smooth four-tire stop.  Quick times are sometimes like a 13.8 or 13.7 but a 14.3 is right there with the Nationwide Series so it was good on that last stop and nothing out of the ordinary." --more--

Are you relieved to get this win tonight?
"It's mainly relief.  You think about it and it's been a while but it really hasn't.  For us, we felt like realistically we can win every single race out here in the Nationwide Series.  Our cars are that good, our guys on pit road are that good, Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) makes great calls all day.  We had a good day that went smooth today and we didn't have any issues.  We've had smooth days that were going great the past few weeks -- just at the end it comes down to something taking us away.  It was relief today.  I was actually nervous coming down to the end of the race because I wasn't sure.  I was like, 'Something might happen, you never know.'  It would just be a never-ending saga really, but finally we were able to knock the monkey off our back and get a win here.  For me, especially to get my first Nationwide Series win at Nashville.  My second guitar -- I won an ARCA race here.  It's been a long time since that day.  It was very cool."

Do you think your attitude will ever change when you don't win or do you just like that 'bad boy' attitude?
"I don't know.  I'll grow up someday.  I just turned 24 so I've got an excuse at least, I say.  I really don't.  I'm a sore loser  -- always have been.  I'll throw the Monopoly board when I lose at Monopoly.  It's just that simple - it's not very fun to lose.  My regular Nintendo systems back in the day took a beating from the controllers flying at them.  It's just not my style."

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 195/10 225 Running
2 10 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Hellmann's 175/5 225 Running
3 6 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Ortho 170/5 225 Running
4 8 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 165/5 225 Running
5 12 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 160/5 225 Running
6 9 29 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 150/0 225 Running
7 16 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 146/0 225 Running
8 3 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Construction Jobs.com 147/5 225 Running
9 27 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 143/5 225 Running
10 4 20 Brad Coleman Toyota Rudys.com 134/0 225 Running
11 5 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 130/0 223 Running
12 35 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 127/0 223 Running
13 24 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 124/0 223 Running
14 21 81 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies / Northern Provincial Pipelines 121/0 223 Running
15 22 32 Burney Lamar Toyota Dollar General 118/0 222 Running
16 28 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 120/5 221 Running
17 43 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 112/0 221 Running
18 42 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Sun-Drop 109/0 219 Running
19 40 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 106/0 219 Running
20 37 61 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 103/0 218 Running
21 29 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 100/0 218 Running
22 30 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 97/0 218 Running
23 18 87 Kevin Conway Toyota Extenze 94/0 213 Running
24 7 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet US Fidelis 91/0 211 Running
25 38 10 Marc Davis * Toyota The Word Network / WHUR 88/0 182 Electrical
26 11 27 Jason Keller Ford State Water Heaters 85/0 170 Running
27 31 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers / Hype Energy Drink 82/0 143 Running
28 2 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 79/0 128 Accident
29 13 2 Sean Caisse Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 76/0 127 Accident
30 25 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge Go Wings 73/0 127 Accident
31 15 33 Cale Gale Chevrolet Rheem 70/0 123 Accident
32 19 16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford CitiFinancial 67/0 123 Accident
33 33 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Federated Auto Parts 64/0 79 Out of Race
34 39 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Hilton Garden Inn Nashville 61/0 64 Engine
35 26 49 Kertus Davis Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 58/0 30 Vibration
36 17 196 Willie Allen Dodge ConelyAuto.com 55/0 16 Vibration
37 32 91 Kelly Bires Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 52/0 9 Brakes
38 23 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 49/0 8 Vibration
39 41 07 Mike Harmon Chevrolet CBR Championship Bull Riding 46/0 4 Accident
40 34 05 Casey Atwood Chevrolet Western Kentucky University / 31-W Insulation 43/0 4 Accident
41 36 85 Brad Baker Ford 31-W Insulation 40/0 4 Accident
42 14 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 37/0 2 Accident
43 20 0 Mark Green Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 34/0 1 Vibration

* Denotes Rookie

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