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Kyle Busch and the No. 54 Monster Energy team not only won Saturday night’s History 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, but dominated it, leading 186 circuits of the 200-lap event. Already the winningest series driver, Busch recorded his 57th victory in 253 starts and his seventh career win at the 1.5-mile track – breaking a series win tie with veteran Mark Martin. The Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 54 team continued their successful path with the first-place finish, recording six victories in 10 events run so far this year.
Busch accomplished the win from the second qualifying position, quickly taking the lead upon green-flag start. The Toyota team visited pit road three times and performed fast stops, making slight adjustments to Busch’s Camry, keeping him at the front of the field all day. Over the final 25 laps, Busch overcame several late race cautions, battling restarts and competitors with fresher tires. A late charge on Busch in the final laps by second-place finisher Kasey Kahne, kept Busch on his toes, however the 28-year old prevailed and brought home the checkered flag. Busch celebrated in style with a huge smoke show at the line, then expressed from victory lane, “This one is special. We win a lot, but I love Charlotte — it’s my favorite race track so I love winning here in Charlotte. We’ve had some fast cars this year and I don’t think we’re done yet.”
Ten years after his Nationwide Series debut, Busch continues to prove his skills on his favorite track. He was a Truck Series winner at the facility last week in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra race truck, his fifth victory in that circuit at Charlotte. Sunday he looks to make it a clean sweep of all three series events with a win in the Coca-Cola 600. Busch has finished in the top eight in 10 of the last 11 Sprint Cup races at the Charlotte track but has never won in that series.
Upon completion of victory lane activities Busch described his day to the media, “Mark (Martin) — he’s really, really good in the Nationwide Series and there’s a lot of things that I’m beating him at, which is cool for me. He might be watching at home. This one means a lot to beat a guy like Mark Martin, Jack Ingram and all the Nationwide guys that have set previous records before. This is cool for us. It’s great for this team — all of Joe Gibbs Racing and especially for Monster Energy and Toyota. I can’t say enough about Nationwide Insurance and of course the fans. It’s fun to come out here to Charlotte — I love this place. This is my favorite race track and it has led to a lot of Nationwide and Truck wins for me, but we have yet to win a Cup race here. I feel like this weekend is a good weekend for us and we’ll dig in on that tomorrow with 600 miles.”
Busch continued, “The car was really, really good. I tell you what, those late cautions there were throwing us for a little bit of a loop. You had to keep up with the restarts and who was lining up behind you and all that stuff in order to get good ones. I felt like the last two I got were pretty good. All in all it was a great day for us.”
The No. 54 Monster Energy team owned by J.D. Gibbs maintains first place in the Owner’s Point standings, now leading the No. 7 of Kelley Earnhardt-Miller by 34 points.
Kahne, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick filled out the top-five finishing positions. There were seven caution periods for 33 laps of the race along with nine lead changes across five drivers.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series competes again on June 1 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, with television broadcast starting at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Kyle Busch will make his 10th start behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Monster Energy Camry.
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A fiber rope from FOX’s overhead camera snapped during Sunday’s running of the Coca-Cola 600. The unusual event caused extensive damage to the No. 18 car of Kyle Busch who had been leading the race. Marcos Ambrose also ran over the rope and managed to wad it up underneath his car. While under Ambrose’s car the rope severed a brake line. Other cars who received damage including...
Kyle Busch has shown repeatedly he can win at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Nationwide and Truck series. The question remains whether he can capture that elusive first Sprint Cup victory.
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On the 126th lap of the Coca-Cola 600, the race had to be stopped because a cable from Fox Sports’ overhead camera had snapped and caused damage to Kyle Busch’s care. The cable also apparently got caught underneath Marcos Ambrose’ car on the 124th lap.
According to ESPN:
No drivers were injured.
The cars were initially brought along pit row as workers cleared the cable from...
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Kyle Busch won the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. The win is his sixth in the Nationwide Series this season and was came in dominating fashion.
Austin Dillon qualified on the pole and led a field of 40 cars to the green flag but by lap 2 he was passed by Kyle Busch. Busch lead the field around the track for much of the race when action began...
Camry driver Kyle Busch (first) captured the checkered flag in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The win marked the sixth for Busch in only his first 10 starts of the season and the 57th NNS victory of his career.
He also won races at Phoenix, Bristol, California, Texas and Darlington earlier this year.
The Las Vegas-native started...
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With another week in the books, here are this week’s Start ‘N’ Park Blog Pick ‘Em Challenge results.
Brandon, Jason, and Matt ran the table Saturday by picking Kyle Busch to win, and for the fifth time in 2013 he delivered.
On Sunday, it was more of the same as Jason and Matt picked Kasey Kahne, who came up just shy of the victory, but scored them 5 more points towards the...
NASCAR red-flagged the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon after a piece of TV cabling snapped across the tri-oval onto the racetrack on Lap 121, resulting in injuries to some fans and damage to race cars.
Charlotte Motor Speedway track officials issued a statement saying that, "Ten fans were injured when a nylon rope fell over the grandstands in Turn...
Charlotte Motor Speedway says 10 fans were injured Sunday at the Coca-Cola 600 and three were taken to the hospital when a nylon rope supporting a FOX Sports overhead television camera fell from the grandstands on to the track surface.
Seven people were treated with ''minor cuts and scrapes'' on site and released, according to a release from CMS.
The incident occurred...
NASCAR says it will wait on Fox Sports' investigation of what caused an overhead TV camera rope to snap during the Coca-Cola 600 before deciding if such technology will be used in future races.
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told The Associated Press on Monday that there were no plans to use the system at upcoming races ''so we'll have ample time to review.''...