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Kyle Busch dominates Dover Nationwide race

As Danica Patrick brings up the rear
Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Kyle Busch is the King of Dover
Toyota
The inevitable — Kyle Busch’s single-season record 11th Nationwide Series win—finally happened Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Busch led 192 of 200 laps at the Monster Mile to win the Dover 200 and claim his 11th win of the season, breaking a record he shared with Sam Ard. The victory was Busch’s 41st in the series, his 30th in a Toyota since moving to Joe Gibbs Racing to start the 2008 season and his 81st in NASCAR’s top three series combined.

“It’s very special,” Busch said of the record. “Sam is a great individual and was a great driver in his time (early 1980s). For myself to be able to come out and compete at that level and get as many wins in a season is hard enough to do, but then to go out there and beat a record …

“From where Sam Ard was in his day and where we are today, I feel like a lot has changed in this sport, and, of course, it’s always challenging to go out and get a win on a given weekend. But for us to win 11 this year is very, very special to me, and that’s why I say it’s so special to (crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) and to all these guys on the team, because they’re all part of it.”

Despite a vibration that gave him some nervous moments in the closing laps, Busch beat polesitter and JGR teammate Joey Logano to the finish line by .400 seconds, marking the 11th time JGR cars have finished 1-2 in the series.

Carl Edwards finished third and trimmed the championship lead of 17th-place finisher Brad Keselowski from 373 to 320 points. Reed Sorenson ran fourth, followed by Kevin Harvick. Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard, Jason Leffler, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Newman completed the top 10.

Logano came home second for the sixth time this season and felt he couldn’t compete with Busch on restarts.

“It took us awhile, as usual, to take off on the restart,” Logano said. “I don’t know why. The last few races we just don’t take off on restarts good. We give them a big lead and we try to make that up and that makes it impossible. I think everyone saw in the last few laps there, we were coming. We had a shot at it, just a little too late, again.”

Note: Danica Patrick blew a tire and crashed into the Turn 4 wall to cause the first caution of the race on Lap 70. She finished 35th in her seventh Nationwide start.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 195/10 200 Running
2 1 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 175/5 200 Running
3 3 60 Carl Edwards Ford Copart.com 165/0 200 Running
4 6 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota Dollar General 160/0 200 Running
5 9 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Fan Club 155/0 200 Running
6 8 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Out! Pet Care 150/0 200 Running
7 5 98 Paul Menard Ford CertainTeed / Menards 146/0 200 Running
8 12 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 142/0 200 Running
9 7 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Verizon Wireless 138/0 200 Running
10 13 1 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 139/5 200 Running
11 15 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford CitiFinancial 130/0 200 Running
12 10 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 127/0 200 Running
13 23 11 Brian Scott * Toyota BigSpot.com 124/0 200 Running
14 36 16 Erik Darnell Ford 3M Post-it 121/0 200 Running
15 11 15 Michael Annett Toyota Germain.com 118/0 200 Running
16 20 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota South Point Hotel & Casino 115/0 200 Running
17 4 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Ruby Tuesday 112/0 200 Running
18 17 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Westerman Companies 109/0 200 Running
19 25 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Hatfield Quality Meats 106/0 199 Running
20 26 05 Willie Allen Chevrolet 31-W Insulation / ALS Association 103/0 198 Running
21 27 09 Kelly Bires Ford RAB Racing 100/0 197 Running
22 41 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Federated Auto Parts 97/0 197 Running
23 30 23 Marc Davis Chevrolet WHUR Radio 96.3 94/0 197 Running
24 40 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 91/0 196 Running
25 32 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Gator.com 88/0 196 Running
26 34 70 Mark Green Chevrolet Blue Ox Hitches & Towbars 85/0 196 Running
27 33 35 Jason Keller Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 82/0 196 Running
28 43 81 Michael McDowell Dodge MacDonald Motorsports 79/0 194 Running
29 19 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty Odorblock 76/0 194 Running
30 37 21 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 73/0 140 Susp.
31 16 88 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Realtree Outfitters 70/0 132 Accident
32 21 27 Drew Herring Ford GetLoaded.com 67/0 131 Accident
33 38 104 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Boudreaux's Butt Paste 64/0 122 Ignition
34 35 73 Derrike Cope Dodge RagingBid.com 61/0 108 Accident
35 42 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 58/0 106 Running
36 24 179 Tim Andrews Ford 2nd Chance Race Parts 55/0 77 Transmission
37 22 90 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 52/0 21 Brakes
38 14 91 David Gilliland Chevrolet D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 49/0 20 Transmission
39 29 10 Josh Wise Toyota Braun Racing 46/0 17 Transmission
40 31 89 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 43/0 4 Brakes
41 39 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 40/0 3 Oil Pressure
42 18 92 Dennis Setzer Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 37/0 2 Handling
43 28 136 Jeff Green Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 34/0 1 Brakes

* Denotes Rookie

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