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There is no stopping Kyle Busch and his Toyotas

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Saturday, July 12, 2008

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Kyle Busch celebrates winning the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway. The win was Busch's fifth of the season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series
Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR
With a 10-second lead after a round of green-flag pit stops cycled through on Lap 155, Kyle Busch drove his No. 18 Toyota to a comfortable victory over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin in Friday night's Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Busch's fifth 2008 victory, the 16th of his career, gave JGR a series-record-tying 13 victories in a single season, matching in 20 races the 13 wins Richard Childress Racing recorded in all of 2007. Hamlin, who narrowed Busch's margin to 3.120 seconds at the finish, was driving Todd Braun's No. 32 Toyota on Friday.

"It's definitely an awesome feeling to be here tonight," Busch said in Victory Lane. "We weren't that good early in the race, but we made some adjustments, and this car just came to life."

In NASCAR's top three series combined, Busch has 13 victories, six in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and two in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to go with his five NASCAR Nationwide wins.

"It's definitely been a phenomenal year," Busch said. "It's the kind of thing that doesn't come along very often."

Hamlin started the race from the rear of the field on an owner points provisional, because a mechanical problem during qualifying forced the team to make unauthorized repairs under impound. By the end of the race, Hamlin had perhaps the fastest car on the track.

"We really ran that 18 down on that last run," Hamlin said. "He just got too far ahead, and we couldn't overcome the track position."

Brad Keselowski, second in the series standings, ran third and trimmed Clint Bowyer's points lead to 183. Brian Vickers was fourth, followed by polesitter David Reutimann, Greg Biffle, Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Stewart and rookie Landon Cassill.

Note: Stewart started second in the No. 20 JGR Toyota that has won nine Nationwide races this season, but made a rare mistake with a missed shift at the start of the race. Kevin Harvick slammed into the back of Stewart's car, damaging both machines and preventing them from contending for the victory. . . Busch has taken three different cars to Victory Lane this season: the No. 18 Toyota he drove Friday, the No. 20 Gibbs Toyota and Braun's No. 32.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 195/10 200 Running
2 41 32 Denny Hamlin Toyota Hass Avocados from Mexico 170/0 200 Running
3 13 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet U.S. Navy 170/5 200 Running
4 8 10 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 160/0 200 Running
5 1 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 160/5 200 Running
6 27 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 155/5 200 Running
7 9 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Camping World / RV Sales 151/5 200 Running
8 7 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 147/5 200 Running
9 2 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Old Spice 138/0 200 Running
10 5 5 Landon Cassill * Chevrolet Nat'l Guard / 108th Sustainment Brigade 134/0 200 Running
11 21 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 130/0 200 Running
12 22 47 Kelly Bires Ford Clorox 127/0 200 Running
13 3 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 124/0 200 Running
14 33 111 Jason Keller Chevrolet America's Incredible Pizza Company 121/0 200 Running
15 24 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford Kingsford / MatchLight 118/0 198 Running
16 12 60 Carl Edwards Ford World Financial Group 115/0 198 Running
17 19 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Valvoline 112/0 198 Running
18 4 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Camping World / RV Rental 109/0 198 Running
19 14 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Eckrich / Jewel-Osco 106/0 198 Running
20 17 7 Mike Wallace Toyota GEICO 103/0 197 Running
21 16 9 Elliott Sadler Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper 100/0 197 Running
22 30 170 Mark Green Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 97/0 197 Running
23 18 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 94/0 196 Running
24 20 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 91/0 195 Running
25 34 22 Josh Wise Dodge Supercuts 88/0 195 Running
26 6 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Fastenal 85/0 195 Running
27 37 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 82/0 194 Running
28 11 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips / Comcast 79/0 193 Running
29 31 155 Robby Gordon Dodge MAPEI / Menards 76/0 193 Running
30 15 27 Brad Coleman Ford Huggies Pull-Ups / Jewel-Osco 73/0 193 Running
31 39 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge Mahindra Tractors / NPPL 70/0 191 Running
32 36 24 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty 67/0 189 Running
33 42 01 Danny Efland Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com / Weber Grill 64/0 188 Running
34 40 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Dale Jr.'s Whisky River / Paradise Bay 61/0 109 Engine
35 28 30 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet INTERUSH 58/0 57 Engine
36 23 05 Burney Lamar Ford 31-W Insulation / CertainTeed 55/0 47 Transmission
37 43 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 52/0 34 Overheating
38 35 4 Derrike Cope Chevrolet JVC 49/0 31 Overheating
39 26 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Stott ClassicRacing.com 46/0 30 Engine
40 29 331 Kenny Hendrick Chevrolet INTERUSH 43/0 30 Vibration
41 38 161 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 40/0 20 Drive Shaft
42 32 149 Kertus Davis Chevrolet Jay Robinson Inc. 37/0 9 Rear End
43 25 0 Larry Gunselman Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com / Staybridge Suites 34/0 7 Vibration

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