Kyle Busch trailed Joey Logano as they entered the pits during the Saturday running of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway. When the drivers exited it was Busch who would be the new leader. Logano, the race pole sitter, never could reign in Busch for the remainder of the event.
Does this make Kyle Busch the best Nationwide Series driver in the history of the series? The win gave Busch his fifth win of the season in the second tier of NASCAR racing. It certainly does and the stats prove it! The driver has 68 wins in the series.
But before you start knocking Busch for winning races in the lower series consider some of the drivers behind him in on the win list. Mark Martin had 49 wins before he retired, and Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski both have wins in the series this season.
Logano, the pole sitter for the race, says Busch won this weekend due to a good pit strategy by Kyle’s team. The move was one that the driver says is just something that has to be “figured out” when racing in a shorter Nationwide Series event.
“The first half of the race went perfect,” he said. “We came in and put four tires on, we lost the lead, and our car was really tight from there on. I don’t really know why yet. We’ll try to figure that one out. These Nationwide races are so short that when you put four tires on and it’s not quite right, when you put two on the next time you just don’t have time to figure it out.”
Busch at Dover
Kyle Busch can plant his flag and claim Dover International Speedway as his own when it comes to the Nationwide Series for the 2014 season. The driver won the Dover 200 this weekend as well as the spring race at the track known as the Monster Mile back in May. It’s Busch’s fifth win of the season as well as his fifth win at Dover.
The victory is one the Busch says he had to wait around for as his car was not the fastest on the track. Waiting for the speeds to settle in and a fast pit stop were part of the driver’s key to grabbing the checkered flag. He credited his pit crew for a quick stop.
"I knew we had a good car," Busch said. "I was just kind of biding my time -- I was just chillin.'… The second half of the race, when we beat the 22 (Logano) off pit road—these guys here, they did a great job on that pit stop. It was good for us to get out front like that, get in clean air and show what this car had for speed. This Monster Energy Toyota Camry was really, really fast. It was awesome."
Busch and Logano captured the top two positions and they were followed by Chase Elliott in third, Chris Buescher in fourth, and Elliott Sadler in the fifth spot. Kyle Larson, Brian Scott, Regan Smith, and former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne followed. Ty Dillon rounded out the top ten.