Kyle Busch (Top) edges out Greg Biffle (Bottom) in the 10th closest NNS victory in history
(February 20, 2010) FONTANA, Calif. -- With a last-lap pass of Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch stole a win in the Stater Bros. 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway -- a victory that came at the expense of the race's dominant driver, Busch's teammate, Joey Logano.
Busch finished .051 seconds ahead of Biffle, who sent Logano -- then the leader -- up the track after the restart for a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race two laps beyond its scheduled distance of 150 laps.
Busch and Biffle take the checkered flag as Logano spins.
Busch locked onto Biffle's rear bumper to start the final lap, and when Biffle slipped slightly, Busch dived to the inside. Third-place finisher Brad Keselowski took it three-wide below Busch in Turn 3 but couldn't sustain his momentum, and Busch won a drag race off Turn 4 to edge Biffle.
The victory was Busch's 31st in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, tying him with Jack Ingram for third on the career win list. Danica Patrick finished 31st, three laps down, in her second start in the series.
Busch celebrates his 31st Nationwide Series win
"We went off into (Turn) 1, and Joey got loose and slid way across the racetrack, and I had to turn underneath him and try to not get boxed in," Busch said. "Then we went down the back, and I was inside of Biffle, and I'm like, 'Man, I wish I was on the outside right now.'
"Then we got into (Turn) 3, and Keselowski put his nose in, and I thought we were going to wreck, but somehow we held on to it. (Biffle) ended up getting a little bit loose, so I was able to get to his inside. Man, it was exciting there, coming to the finish."
Logano, who started from the pole and led 130 laps, had an issue with what he considered Biffle's aggressiveness on the final restart. Logano and Biffle had traded shots during a NASCAR Nationwide race at the California track last October.
Biffle leads Logano
"I don't know what his deal is with me, but for some reason, in California, he feels like putting me in the fence or hitting me towards the end," said Logano, who spun through the infield grass on the final lap but still finished one spot behind fourth-place Carl Edwards. "I know we were racing hard there at the end, but -- I don't know -- I think he could have done it a little cleaner than that."
Biffle had a different version of the final restart.
"It was a rookie mistake," Biffle said. "He spun his tires on the restart and couldn't get going. … If Joey hadn't spun his tires on that last restart, I never would have had a chance at him. I had a front-row seat, and I was inside of him, and he came down the racetrack."
Note: The margin of victory was the 10th closest in NASCAR Nationwide Series history. … Patrick suffered a pair of pit road speeding penalties and lost one of her three laps on a pass-through penalty.
Final Results: Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Nationwide Series Stater Bros 300
|1||2||18||Kyle Busch||Z-Line Designs Toyota||152||190/5||Running|
|2||5||27||Greg Biffle||Red Man Moist Snuff Ford||152||175/5||Running|
|3||13||22||Brad Keselowski||Discount Tire Dodge||152||170/5||Running|
|4||4||60||Carl Edwards||Copart Ford||152||160||Running|
|5||1||20||Joey Logano||GameStop / Mario Kart Toyota||152||165/10||Running|
|6||12||66||Steve Wallace||5 hour Energy Toyota||152||150||Running|
|7||32||88||Kelly Bires||HendrikCars.com Chevrolet||152||146||Running|
|8||7||32||Brian Vickers||Dollar General Stores Toyota||152||142||Running|
|9||15||12||Justin Allgaier||Verizon Wireless Dodge||152||143/5||Running|
|10||3||11||Brian Scott #||AccuDoc Toyota||152||134||Running|
|11||10||99||Trevor Bayne||Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota||152||130||Running|
|12||19||01||Mike Wallace||Monster Diesel Chevrolet||152||132/5||Running|
|13||9||1||James Buescher #||Phoenix Racing Chevrolet||152||129/5||Running|
|14||20||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips Toyota||152||121||Running|
|15||27||43||Scott Lagasse Jr.||Dr. Gadget / everbodygets1.com Ford||152||118||Running|
|16||43||09||Scott Riggs||RAB Racing Ford||152||115||Running|
|17||34||15||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers Toyota||152||112||Running|
|18||18||16||Colin Braun #||Roush-Fenway Ford||152||109||Running|
|19||17||98||Paul Menard||Richmond/Menards Ford||152||106||Running|
|20||21||35||Jason Keller||TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet||151||103||Running|
|21||37||81||Michael McDowell||Crusader Staffing Associates Dodge||151||100||Running|
|22||29||42||Parker Kligerman #||Smith Ironworks Dodge||151||97||Running|
|23||16||87||Joe Nemechek||FrontRowJoe.com Chevrolet||151||94||Running|
|24||14||62||Brendan Gaughn||South Point Hotel and Casino Toyota||151||91||Running|
|25||35||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silver’s Chevrolet||151||88||Running|
|26||11||10||David Reutimann||Beringer Toyota||150||85||Running|
|27||42||40||Mike Bliss||Key Motorsports Chevrolet||150||82||Running|
|28||30||05||Willie Allen||31W Insulation / CertainTeed Chevrolet||150||79||Running|
|29||39||28||Kenny Wallace||Blue Ox / Zimmzang Chevrolet||149||76||Running|
|30||6||21||John Wes Townley||Zaxby’s Chevrolet||149||73||Running|
|31||36||7||Danica Patrick||GoDaddy.com Chevrolet||149||70||Running|
|32||23||70||Mark Green||ML Motorsports Chevrolet||149||67||Running|
|33||40||23||Robert Richardson Jr.||3R Motorsports Chevrolet||148||64||Running|
|34||41||26||Brian Keselowski||Double Tree Suites Dodge||148||61||Running|
|35||24||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Ford||148||58||Running|
|36||33||73||Derrike Cope||Asset Protect Dodge||147||55||Running|
|37||38||61||Josh Wise||Stratosphere Ford||147||52||Running|
|38||8||33||Kevin Harvick||Rheem Tankless Chevrolet||117||49||Engine|
|39||26||6||Ricky Steinhouse Jr. #||CitiFinancial Ford||117||46||Accident|
|40||25||56||Kevin Lepage||Start Energy Drink Toyota||40||43||Wheel Bearing|
|41||31||07||Danny Efland||Shred 360 / M&W Towing Chevrolet||17||40||Engine|
|42||22||96||Dennis Setzer||Stratosphere Dodge||3||37||Vibration|
|43||28||83||John Bornemann III||Twisted X Boots / Red Line Oil Ford||2||34||Transmission|
# Denotes rookie status
Top 10 Points:
(1) C. Edwards 335;(2) J. Logano 311;(3) K. Busch 304;(4) J. Allgaier 303;(5) Brad Keselowski 299;(6) B. Vickers 297;(7) S. Wallace 289;(8) J. Buescher #
271;(9) G. Biffle 265;(10) P. Menard 256.