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Kyle Busch extends record to 12 Nationwide wins

In Fontana, California
Saturday, October 09, 2010

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Kyle Busch celebrates his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Auto Club Speedway
Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR
Kyle Busch’s pit crew may well deserve the credit for winning Saturday’s CampingWorld.com 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

To Kevin Harvick, on the other hand, there was little doubt that his pit crew lost it.

Strong on short runs but no match for Harvick on longer ones, Busch rallied from a pit-road speeding penalty to beat NASCAR Nationwide points leader Brad Keselowski to the finish line by 1.034 seconds.

The victory was Busch’s 12th of the year (extending his single-season record), his fourth at the 2-mile track and the 42nd of his career—leaving him six behind series leader Mark Martin in career wins.

Harvick ran third, despite leading a race-high 86 laps. Carl Edwards, second in the series standings, came home fourth and trails Keselowski by 384 points with five races left. Joey Logano finished fifth.

Busch, who was penalized for speeding while entering pit road under caution on Lap 87, won for the third time this year after incurring a speeding penalty.

Danica Patrick saw a promising run spoiled when contact from James Buescher turned her No. 7 Chevrolet into the wall on Lap 141 of 150 to cause the sixth and final caution. Patrick was running 17th at the time, hoping for her first lead-lap finish in her eighth NASCAR Nationwide start, but the wreck relegated her to a 30th-place result.

Pit work on Lap 126 turned the race in Busch’s favor, after a 12.8-second stop got him away with the lead. Harvick’s crew had its third poor stop of the afternoon, leaving the driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet in sixth position for a restart on Lap 134.

Two cautions that punctuated the final 17 laps helped prevent Harvick from challenging Busch for the lead.

"The pit stops were what got us there," Busch said, "just being able to have the guys give us a good pit stop on that last time and get out front when it mattered most and kind of set sail on the restarts.

"Harvick had a really, really good car on long runs. He showed that today—he probably had the best car. We could keep up with him for about eight or 10 laps, but after that, he started getting away from us."

After the race, Harvick praised the team that prepared his car at his race shop and blasted his over-the-wall pit crew.

"The guys have done a great job in transitioning to some new setup packages and doing the things they need to do to make them fast—and those are the guys I feel the worst for," Harvick said. "We’ve got guys that just roll up on the weekend and just flat-out aren’t doing a very good job on pit road."

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 190/5 150 Running
2 3 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge America's Tire 175/5 150 Running
3 2 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 175/10 150 Running
4 6 60 Carl Edwards Ford Copart.com 165/5 150 Running
5 5 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 155/0 150 Running
6 8 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Grand Touring Vodka 150/0 150 Running
7 10 1 Ryan Newman Chevrolet El Monterey 146/0 150 Running
8 11 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Verizon Wireless 142/0 150 Running
9 16 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Key Motorsports 138/0 150 Running
10 12 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota Dollar General 134/0 150 Running
11 20 17 Trevor Bayne Ford Roush Fenway Racing 130/0 150 Running
12 7 98 Paul Menard Ford Richmond Water Heaters / Menards 127/0 150 Running
13 35 16 Colin Braun * Ford Con-way Freight 124/0 150 Running
14 30 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Gator.com 121/0 150 Running
15 23 09 Brian Scott * Ford Shore Lodge 118/0 150 Running
16 25 35 Jason Keller Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 115/0 150 Running
17 18 11 James Buescher * Toyota BigSpot.com 112/0 150 Running
18 27 81 Michael McDowell Dodge Red Line Oil / Drive Reply 109/0 150 Running
19 37 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 106/0 150 Running
20 22 15 Michael Annett Toyota Pilot Flying J Coffee 103/0 150 Running
21 15 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet J Davis Motorsports.com 100/0 150 Running
22 21 05 Willie Allen Chevrolet ALS Association / 31-W Insulation 97/0 150 Running
23 42 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Blue Ox Hitches & Towbars 94/0 150 Running
24 28 183 John Borneman III Ford Twisted X Boots / Red Line Oil 91/0 150 Running
25 4 99 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Torrent 93/5 150 Running
26 39 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet R3 Motorsports 85/0 148 Running
27 41 70 Mark Green Chevrolet Blue Ox Hitches & Towbars 82/0 148 Running
28 38 21 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 79/0 148 Running
29 17 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford Blackwell Angus Beef 76/0 147 Running
30 14 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet Tissot / Go Daddy.com 73/0 141 Accident
31 36 10 Ricky Carmichael Toyota Monster Energy 70/0 141 Accident
32 29 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota South Point Hotel & Casino 67/0 125 Accident
33 9 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 64/0 78 Accident
34 40 27 Brad Baker Ford Baker Curb Racing 61/0 27 Handling
35 32 90 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 58/0 21 Transmission
36 19 91 David Gilliland Chevrolet D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 55/0 16 Electrical
37 13 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 52/0 15 Engine
38 43 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet BH Contractors / Blaha Construction 49/0 10 Rear End
39 34 107 Danny Efland Chevrolet Danny Efland Racing 46/0 6 Ignition
40 31 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge Doubletree Hotel Claremont 43/0 4 Brakes
41 33 182 Chase Miller Dodge Mobile-Shop.com PE 3 Electrical
42 26 92 Dennis Setzer Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 37/0 3 Brakes
43 24 136 Jeff Green Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 34/0 2 Fuel Pressure

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