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Kyle Busch mops up Nationwide field at Lowe's

Ends 11-race winless streak
Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Kyle Busch celebrates
Rhonda McCole/AR1.com

Eleven races without a win is an eternity for Kyle Busch, but the prolific Joe Gibbs Racing driver returned to victory lane decisively Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Six days removed from exiting car with what was later diagnosed as pneumonia, Busch led 137 of 200 laps to win the Dollar General 300 at the 1.5-mile track. With the victory, Busch expanded his lead in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings to 195 points over fifth-place finisher Carl Edwards with four races left in the season.

At the end of a 21-lap green-flag run to the finish, Busch crossed the stripe 1.712 seconds ahead of runner-up Mike Bliss. Dave Blaney ran third, followed by Brian Vickers and Edwards.

The victory was Busch's seventh in the series this season, his fifth at LMS and the 28th of his career.

"It's been a holding pattern," Busch said of his recent drought, which included a 90-point dent in his lead last Saturday at Fontana, Calif., when Busch was forced from the car because of illness, and relief driver Denny Hamlin was involved in a late-race wreck. "This thing was on a rail tonight. It was a great racecar. We had some points to make up."

LMS was the ideal venue for Busch's comeback.

"I love this place," he said. "It's my house on the Nationwide side. … This is one of my favorite tracks. For some reason, I really jell with it. … Man, it was a freight train for sure. There was not much that could have stopped this Toyota tonight."

Steve Wallace took a major hit in his race against rookie Justin Allgaier for the fifth position in the series standings, significant because only the top five take the stage at the postseason awards banquet in Miami, Fla.

Wallace was an innocent victim when David Gilliland took his No. 1 Chevrolet four-wide in the tri-oval on Lap 63, slid his left-side tires on the infield grass and triggered a three-car incident that knocked Wallace's No. 66 Chevrolet into the outside wall.

"I got wrecked by a washed-up (Sprint) Cup driver, I guess," said Wallace, who returned to the track after repairs 88 laps down and finished 31st.

Allgaier tightened his hold on the fifth spot with a 12th-place finish. He leads sixth-place Wallace by 109 points and seventh-place Bliss by 118.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 195/10 200 Running
2 11 11 Mike Bliss Toyota Ridemakerz 170/0 200 Running
3 12 87 Dave Blaney Toyota AccuDoc Solutions 165/0 200 Running
4 9 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 165/5 200 Running
5 1 60 Carl Edwards Ford Ortho Mouse & Rat Control / Ortho Home Defense Max 155/0 200 Running
6 29 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Hellman's Real Fan of the Year 150/0 200 Running
7 15 33 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Hungry Man 146/0 200 Running
8 16 143 Kasey Kahne Toyota Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper 147/5 200 Running
9 25 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 143/5 200 Running
10 35 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 134/0 200 Running
11 22 5 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Delphi 135/5 200 Running
12 3 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 127/0 200 Running
13 31 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Lumber Liquidators 124/0 200 Running
14 10 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 126/5 199 Running
15 30 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet US Fidelis 118/0 199 Running
16 8 10 Reed Sorenson Toyota Dollar General 115/0 199 Running
17 19 27 Jason Keller Ford Kleenex / Bi-Lo 112/0 199 Running
18 39 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty SteelSak 109/0 199 Running
19 4 1 David Gilliland Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 106/0 198 Running
20 13 99 David Reutimann Toyota Lowe's Foods 103/0 198 Running
21 14 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 105/5 198 Running
22 20 0 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet NuTone Heating & Cooling Products 97/0 198 Running
23 28 196 Michael McDowell * Dodge AT&T "The Real Yellow Pages" 94/0 198 Running
24 32 26 Kevin Conway Chevrolet Extenze 91/0 197 Running
25 40 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Westerman Companies 88/0 197 Running
26 26 31 Tim Andrews Chevrolet LibertyPort.com 85/0 195 Running
27 43 42 Aric Almirola Dodge Smith Iron Works 82/0 194 Running
28 27 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 79/0 179 Running
29 42 61 Matt Carter Ford Specialty Racing 76/0 163 Running
30 38 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Sun-Drop 73/0 114 Overheating
31 34 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 70/0 79 Accident
32 33 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 67/0 70 Accident
33 2 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 69/5 69 Accident
34 6 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 61/0 68 Accident
35 37 23 Ken Butler III * Chevrolet Aaron's Outdoors Mossy Oak 58/0 68 Accident
36 41 81 Kevin Hamlin Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 55/0 62 Accident
37 21 07 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Dynamic Technology 52/0 52 Handling
38 17 49 Mark Green Chevrolet Anderson's Maple Syrup 49/0 50 Rear End
39 23 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Corrie Stott Racing.com 46/0 27 Rear End
40 7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Save-A-Lot 43/0 12 Accident
41 36 47 Chase Miller Toyota Construction Jobs.com 40/0 4 Overheating
42 18 192 Dennis Setzer Dodge K Automotive Performance 37/0 3 Oil Pump
43 24 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 34/0 3 Overheating

* Denotes Rookie

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