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Busch wins 4th straight race at Bristol

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Saturday, March 19, 2011

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Kyle Busch dominates at Bristol
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So what else is new? Kyle Busch hit another milestone in Saturday’s Scotts EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Yes, he won the race. That’s almost a given in the NASCAR Nationwide Series these days. The victory was Busch’s second of the year and the 45th of his career, leaving him four behind Mark Martin (idle Saturday) for the career lead.

Perhaps even more impressive was what Busch accomplished on Lap 265 of 300. In his 206th start, Busch, the 2009 series champion, led his 10,000th lap in the series. No one else is close. Busch, who swept the Bristol weekend in August, is the first back-to-back winner at the track since 1993 series champ Steve Grissom in 1995.

Fast-closing Kasey Kahne finished second, .524 seconds behind Busch, followed by two-time series champion Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott Sadler -- the higheset-finishing driver championship contender -- and Joey Logano. Danica Patrick finished 33rd after wrecking late in her Bristol debut.

Busch took the lead from Earnhardt moments after a restart on Lap 32 and held it the rest of the way, with the exception of one lap led by Kahne under caution and two led by Brad Keselowski, who won the series title last year.

Nevertheless, Saturday’s win wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. Under a competition caution called after Lap 25, teams were required to replace their right-side tires with a new construction rushed to the track by Goodyear after tire wear issues plagued Friday’s practice sessions.

The new tires affected the handling of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota.

“It changed the dynamic of the car quite a bit,” Busch said. “We had to compensate for that driving-style-wise and with some changes to the car, but (crew chief) Jason (Ratcliffe) and these guys did such a great job.

“We played a lot (Friday) with different setups and what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it and what exactly we were looking for. I know the feel that I need, but it’s just hard to get it sometimes.”

On Lap 248 Danica Patrick’s Chevrolet tangled with the Toyota of Ryan Truex, spun and slammed nose-first into the Turn 1 wall. Patrick, who was running two laps down in 17th at the time, thought Truex moved off the frontstretch wall into her racing line.

“It felt like to me that I came out of the corner, and I was running down the straight, and I felt like he came off the wall. … I know I was running him early, and he just runs hard. He’s run hard every time I’ve been around him, and it just seems like overkill.”

Jason Leffler finished eighth and took over the points lead by two over polesitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished 14th.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 0 300 Running
2 9 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 0 300 Running
3 11 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 0 300 Running
4 6 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Armour Vienna Sausage / Food City 40/0 300 Running
5 10 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 0 300 Running
6 8 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem Tankless Water Heaters 0 300 Running
7 7 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts EZ Seed 0 300 Running
8 2 30 Jason Leffler Chevrolet AccuDoc Solutions 36/0 300 Running
9 12 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Ruby Tuesday / Discount Tire 0 300 Running
10 15 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Grand Touring Vodka 34/0 300 Running
11 14 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 33/0 300 Running
12 13 11 Brian Scott Toyota Shore Lodge 32/0 299 Running
13 16 134 James Buescher Chevrolet Exide Batteries 0 298 Running
14 1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Blackwell Angus Beef 31/1 298 Running
15 3 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 29/0 298 Running
16 23 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet RaceDaySponsor.com 28/0 298 Running
17 20 09 Kenny Wallace Toyota University of Northwestern Ohio 27/0 298 Running
18 24 39 Josh Wise Ford Cajun USA / Fatheadz Eyewear 26/0 297 Running
19 4 16 Trevor Bayne Ford Roush Fenway Racing 25/0 297 Running
20 21 99 Ryan Truex * Toyota Pastrana Waltrip Racing 24/0 296 Running
21 31 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet AMFMEnergy.com 23/0 296 Running
22 19 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Preval Spray Gun / Anderson's Maple Syrup 22/0 296 Running
23 32 28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Anderson's Maple Syrup 21/0 296 Running
24 18 62 Michael Annett Toyota Pilot Flying J 20/0 295 Running
25 37 14 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty BlackOut / Reynolds 19/0 295 Running
26 26 19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Misty Mountain Spring Water 18/0 295 Running
27 30 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach / Race Fuel Energy Drink 17/0 294 Running
28 22 141 Carl Long Ford GreetingExpress.com 16/0 294 Running
29 25 15 Timmy Hill * Ford Lilly Trucking 15/0 293 Running
30 42 81 Blake Koch * Dodge www.daystar.com 14/0 293 Running
31 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Racing With Jesus / Imperial Bedding Company 13/0 284 Running
32 27 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet colormatch / tcra 12/0 276 Engine
33 29 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 11/0 245 Accident
34 17 32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Dollar General 10/0 210 Engine
35 34 05 Willie Allen Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 0 204 Accident
36 28 52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet Johnson City Press 0 146 Overheating
37 38 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Dodge Wildlife Conservation Society 7/0 63 Accident
38 35 44 Jeff Green Chevrolet Misty Mountain Spring Water 6/0 27 Vibration
39 36 27 J.J. Yeley Ford Baker Curb Racing 0 7 Vibration
40 40 55 Brett Rowe Chevrolet Salvation Army / Imperial Bedding Company 4/0 5 Brakes
41 41 79 Chris Lawson Ford 2nd Chance Race Parts 3/0 4 Parked
42 43 49 Brad Teague Chevrolet Jay Robinson Inc. 0 3 Vibration
43 33 25 Kelly Bires Ford Team Rensi Motorsports 1/0 2 Handling

* Denotes Rookie

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