Paul Menard won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS)? Was Kyle Busch not racing? Was Kyle sick and not driving?
When it comes to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers driving the Nationwide Series races fans probably think of Kyle Busch. The younger Busch brother is known for his love of racing and driving in all three NASCAR premier series whenever he can.
This time a different Sprint Cup series driver took to the track at MIS for the Nationwide Series race and pulled out the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 win. In fact, several Sprint Cup Series drivers were in the Nationwide race at MIS. But it was Paul Menard who beat them all to the checkered flag on Saturday. Menard captured the victory due to hard driving, a good car, and the fact that fellow Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano gave up the lead with only a few laps left.
Logano was the leader of the race and had a dominate car for almost the entire day. He powered to the front and had a commanding lead of several seconds as the race laps ticked away. It was a given that Lagono would win the race barring any problems. Well, the problems hit Lagono in the form of a tire issue with less than six laps remaining.
As Lagono extended his lead over the field, and second place driver Menard, he suddenly slowed and dove into the pits. Due to the series of pit stops during the race it was a given that the issue was not a fuel problem. After a quick stop it became apparent that Lagono cut a tire and was forced to the pits for a quick change in order to save the truck and not risk a wreck and DNF.
Menard immediately picked up steam and quickly assumed the lead while knowing that he had to hold off a couple of cars. Those cars were driven by none other than Sam Hornish Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The two seasoned drivers also sensed a possible win and raced Menard as hard as possible. The gap between the cars closed quickly in the final four laps but time was on Menard’s side as he took the checkered flag.
Sam Hornish Jr grabbed second place as Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third. They were followed up by Kyle Busch and Brian Scott who finished in the fifth spot.