Saturday, March 2, 2013

He's baaaack...Kyle Busch dominates in Dollar General 200, scores 52nd Nationwide win

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"I don't think it would have mattered if he'd had no tires."

Runner-up Brad Keselowski admitted that polesitter Kyle Busch would have been tough to beat regardless of pit strategy. The No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota from JGR ran so well, Busch overcame an early-race error in which he overshot his pit box. Though as polesitter, Busch had the first slot, since the Nationwide field was trimmed to 40, the first pit stall will not be used this season. He got a penalty for speeding on pit road.

"It was all a cluster there for a little bit," Busch said.

Busch shrugged off the miscue and led a total of 142 laps. The race included only six lead changes among four leaders. Matt Kenseth, Busch's teammate, led 41, Keselowski led 10 and Brian Vickers took point for seven laps.

The win is Toyota's 75th in the Nationwide series, with Kyle Busch owning 41 of those.

Justin Allgaier finished third and while he has the same number of points as Sam Hornish Jr., he holds the series points lead by virtue of his finish in Saturday's race. Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler fill out the top five.

See the points standings here.


Finish Car No.    Driver
1 54    Kyle Busch
2 22    Brad Keselowski
3 31    Justin Allgaier
4 6    Trevor Bayne
5 11    Elliott Sadler
6 3    Austin Dillon
7 12    Sam Hornish, Jr.
8 18    Matt Kenseth
9 43    Aric Almirola
10 2    Brian Scott
11 7    Regan Smith
12 5    Jimmie Johnson
13 32    Kyle Larson
14 19    Mike Bliss
15 30    Nelson Piquet, Jr.
16 24    Blake Koch
17 20    Brian Vickers
18 40    Reed Sorenson
19 77    Parker Kligerman
20 79    Jeffrey Earnhardt
21 51    Ryan Seig
22 0    Jason White
23 44    Hal Martin
24 92    Dexter Stacey
25 23    Harrison Rhodes
26 15    Juan Carlos Blum
28 60    Travis Pastrana
29 14    Eric McClure
30 52    Joey Gase
31 99    Alex Bowman
32 1    Mike Wallace
33 33    Kevin Harvick
34 4    Daryl Harr
35 55    Jamie Dick
36 87    Joe Nemechek
37 10    Jeff Green
38 42    Josh Wise
39 46    Chase Miller
40 70    Johanna Long
  

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