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Logano Edges Busch For Nationwide Win At Kansas

Busch loses yet again
Saturday, October 03, 2009

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After leading 173 of the races 200 laps, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, was passed on lap 197 by Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 GameStop/Our House Party Toyota, to
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Apparently, Joey Logano is none the worse for wear.

Six days after tumbling down the banking in a spectacular Sprint Cup Series wreck at Dover, Joey Logano found his way to a far more friendly environment -- Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway.

With three laps left in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the 1.5-mile track, the 19-year-old Logano surged past Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the outside as their Toyotas raced toward the finish line. Logano pulled away to win the race by 0.574 seconds.

Busch, who led 173 of 200 laps and set a record for laps led in a Nationwide Series season, finished second to Logano for the fourth time this season. Nevertheless, Busch extended his lead in the series standings to 245 points over seventh-place finisher Carl Edwards and by 307 over Brad Keselowski, who ran third.

Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and rookie Justin Allgaier came home fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

"The good thing about this win is it should shut everyone up about, 'Am I'm going to be ready, am I going to not be as good because I rolled over like that?'" Logano said. "Hopefully, that will put things to rest. … I had no fear. If you can barrel-roll a car like that and come out OK, that's going to give you all the confidence to drive harder.

"That's all I've got -- dig as hard as I can every lap for everything I'm worth. After I got by the 88 (Keselowski), then we had another restart, and I'm like, 'I've got a shot at it.' I felt like I was pretty good the long green-flag run before the restart, and then there was another restart, and I felt like I was gaining on him (Busch).

"I knew I had to go up to the high side (to pass). My car was just too aero-tight when I got behind cars. So I had to go where no one was, pretty much, for me to go fast. I got out there and had a big run and got outside of him and kept digging. It was a blast."

Busch, naturally enough, was disappointed with the result, which extended his winless streak in the series to 10 races. Five times in those 10 events, Busch has finished second.

"Unfortunately, I got beat," Busch said succinctly. "The kid outdrove me. That's what you'll have sometimes. The Nos Energy Drink Camry was good today. Unfortunately, I couldn't drive it hard enough in order to get a win out of it."

As a consolation prize, Busch set a series record. On Lap 94, he eclipsed Sam Ard's 1984 mark of 2,127 laps led in a single Nationwide Series season. Busch finished the race with a total of 2,226 laps led thus far in 2009.

Notes: Polesitter Parker Kligerman, who ran 16th, was the 10th driver to win the pole for his first start in the Nationwide Series. … Busch tied Jack Ingram's 1983 single-season record for runner-up finishes (10).

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 7 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 190/5 200 Running
2 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 180/10 200 Running
3 19 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Delphi 170/5 200 Running
4 14 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 160/0 200 Running
5 3 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 160/5 200 Running
6 18 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 150/0 200 Running
7 5 60 Carl Edwards Ford Save-A-Lot 146/0 200 Running
8 11 99 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 142/0 200 Running
9 34 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 138/0 200 Running
10 13 10 Reed Sorenson Toyota AccuDoc Solutions 134/0 200 Running
11 10 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 130/0 200 Running
12 15 5 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Fastenal 127/0 200 Running
13 26 27 Jason Keller Ford Scott Tissue / Huggies 124/0 200 Running
14 8 11 Brian Scott Toyota Ridemakerz 121/0 200 Running
15 27 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 118/0 200 Running
16 1 122 Parker Kligerman Dodge Penske Truck Rental 120/5 200 Running
17 22 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Village West Discount Liquors 112/0 200 Running
18 12 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 109/0 200 Running
19 6 1 David Gilliland Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 106/0 200 Running
20 37 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 103/0 200 Running
21 36 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 100/0 200 Running
22 31 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 97/0 200 Running
23 40 234 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver's 94/0 197 Running
24 41 26 Kevin Conway Chevrolet Extenze 91/0 197 Running
25 42 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 88/0 196 Running
26 29 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 85/0 195 Running
27 39 61 Matt Carter Ford Specialty Racing 82/0 194 Running
28 4 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 84/5 191 Accident
29 17 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 76/0 191 Accident
30 9 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Germain Racing 73/0 181 Accident
31 16 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 70/0 100 Susp.
32 23 0 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Saxon Group /SponsorDavis.com 67/0 96 Oil Pump
33 32 177 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet SFP 64/0 74 Accident
34 35 07 Jarit Johnson Chevrolet Dynamic Technologies 61/0 44 Handling
35 25 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 58/0 39 Ignition
36 43 05 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 55/0 24 Electrical
37 38 81 Patrick Sheltra Dodge Buffalo Wings & Rings / MC2 Energy Drink 52/0 18 Accident
38 33 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 49/0 16 Rear End
39 21 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Construction Jobs.com 46/0 12 Electrical
40 28 178 Kevin Lepage Dodge The Holtze Hotel 43/0 11 Overheating
41 30 91 Terry Cook * Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 6 Handling
42 24 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 4 Transmission
43 20 144 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Dynamic Technologies 34/0 3 Electrical

* Denotes Rookie

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