Sunday, July 11, 2010

Busch vs. Busch: Chicagoland

Kyle Busch

Nationwide: Kyle Busch had one of his roller coaster weekends in the Nationwide series at Chicagoland Speedway. Finishing first and 13th in practices, he qualified eighth. Busch led four times for 110 laps, bringing his total laps led in 2010 to 1,009 laps. This is a milestone for the Las Vegas native, making this the fifth time in his career he has led more than 1,000 laps in a season. Throughout the race, Busch thought he had no chance of winning, especially when he received two penalties on lap 56 for speeding while exiting and entering pit road. On lap 172, running second to teammate Joey Logano, he said “It's over. There ain't going to be another caution. The freakin' race is over.” Busch caught a break just 13 laps later when there was a caution for debris and he took four fresh tires. This allowed him to take the lead on the next caution and eventually the win. The win marked his 37th in NNS (in 188 starts), passing Kevin Harvick for second position in the NNS all-time win list and is now 11 wins behind Mark Martin for first place. Busch joins Harvick as the only repeat winner at Chicagoland, earned the 51st victory for Joe Gibbs racing (25 solely from Busch), and has won four of his last five races. He leaves Chicagoland third in points, moving up one spot from last week.

Cup: While Busch had a great late run in the Nationwide series, his Cup race was underwhelming. He finished 31st and 29th in practices and qualified 33rd. Running out of the top-20 for most of the race, Busch eventually finished the race 17th. He leaves the race sixth in points, the same position he came to Chicagoland in.

Kurt Busch

Unlike last week, Kurt Busch did not have such a good night...

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Article originally published at LV NASCAR Examiner and republished with permission of author.

Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR


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