Another NASCAR Nationwide Series race means another dominating win and another old Mark Martin record broken checked off of Kyle Busch’s to-do list. Busch led 186 laps of the 200 that made up Saturday’s History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway en route to his sixth win in nine starts sos far this season. It also upped his tally of Nationwide wins at Charlotte to seven, breaking a tie with Martin for the most series wins at the track.
“Mark is really good in the Nationwide Series, and we’re beating him a lot,” Busch said in victory lane. “This one really means a lot.”
Kasey Kahne took runner-up honors, despite having several chances at Busch on late-race restarts when a rash of cautions broke out in the final quarter of the race.
“I thought we were really close,” Kahne said. “I thought we might get him. My car got a little tight on a couple of those restarts.”
The yellow flag waved sparingly in the first three-fourths of the race, as only three cautions came out in the first 150 laps. But that all changed in the final quarter. The final 50 laps were laced with four yellow flags.
Busch had built up a lead of 3.8 seconds when the fourth caution of the race came out with with just under 50 laps to go. Prior to that point, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Brian Vickers, had held down the second spot for much of the race. Vickers, though, headed down pit road during the caution, while most of the rest of the field stayed out. Vickers never returned to the front.
Most cars headed down pit road when the next caution came out with about 35 laps to go. Busch, though, along with about seven other drivers, stayed out. Busch and Kahne led the way for those on older tires, restarting in the top-two spots. Kyle Larson pitted for two new tires, while Sam Hornish Jr., who previously was a mainstay near the front, and Kevin Harvick were among those who took four.
Hornish wasn’t able to get back up through the traffic and wound up sustaining damage during a later caution-inducing incident. Harvick and Larson, though, worked their ways up toward the front. Harvick got up to as high as third by the time the seventh and final yellow flag waved with 17 laps to go. But in the green-flag laps that followed, he lost spots to Joey Logano and Larson. Logano finished third, and Larson was fourth. Harvick rounded out the top-five.
“I felt like that was the best we were going to finish,” Logano said. “So we’ve got some work to do.”
Finishing sixth through 10th were Trevor Bayne, Justin Allgaier, Matt Kenseth, Parker Kligerman and series points leader Regan Smith.
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