History 300

It’s definitely Busch’s series

jutter@charlotteobserver.comMay 25, 2013 

Kyle Busch rode and wrote his way into history.

Busch dominated nearly from start to finish to win Saturday’s History 300, holding off Kasey Kahne for his record seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It’s tough to beat Kyle Busch in this series, in any series, I guess,” said Kahne, who has battled for wins with Busch in the Sprint Cup Series this season as well.

Busch led 186 of the 200 laps in the 10th anniversary of his series debut, which was also at Charlotte.

“Those late cautions threw us for a little bit of a loop. You had to keep up with the restarts and who was restarting behind you and all that in order to get good ones and I think the last two I got were pretty good,” said Busch, who has won seven times in nine starts this season.

“We win a lot but this one is special. Charlotte is my favorite race track so I love winning here in Charlotte.”

Only one driver was able to make a green-flag pass of Busch during Saturday’s race. Twice on restarts after cautions, Sam Hornish Jr. was able to pass Busch for the lead but the longest he ever could remain out front was seven laps.

On a restart on Lap 188 following the seventh caution of the race, Kahne stayed close to Busch but was never able to make a serious challenge for the lead.

Busch won the Truck series race at CMS last weekend, so with his Nationwide win on Saturday, he could make a sweep of all the points-paying races at Charlotte with a victory in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

“I would love nothing more than to be able to do that, especially for (our sponsors) and fans and everybody that supports us,” said Busch.

“It’s cool to win anytime but it’s especially gratifying in the Cup series – we all know that. None of these are ever easy.”

Busch remains the all-time wins leader in the Nationwide Series, with 57 victories.

Joey Logano finished third, rookie Kyle Larson was fourth and Kevin Harvick was fifth.

Series points leader Regan Smith finished 10th and leads Hornish by 29 points heading into next weekend’s race at Dover, Del.

“The green-flag pit stop we got with about 60 (laps) to go we went the wrong way on our adjustments. We were too free to feel like I could do anything or even just sometimes hold some of those guys off,” said Hornish, who finished 12th.

“We were able to get the lead and I went down into (Turn) 1 and the back end swung way out on me and I got lucky that we weren’t taking it to the garage at that point.”

The race was slowed seven times by caution flags covering 33 laps. There were nine lead changes among five drivers and Busch led the most laps.

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