Kyle Busch dominated the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Saturday, leading 195 laps of the 200 that made up the race on his way to his 10th Nationwide win of the season and 61st victory of his career.
“This is an awesome race car right here,” Busch said.
Joey Logano finished second after passing Austin Dillon and Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. in the final 10 laps.
“Basically, Chicago,” Logano replied when asked where Busch was better. “That is where he is better.”
Hornish wound up third and Dillon fourth. With their top-five finishes, Hornish and Dillon separated themselves from their fellow championship competitors. The closest competition, points-wise, Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler were both involved in incidents that brought out yellow flags.
Busch started on the pole and led until the yellow flag waved for the first time on lap 24. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brian Scott took only two tires during the caution to get off pit road first and second. As soon as the race restarted, though, Logano moved into the lead and Busch into second. Soon after, Busch retook the lead from Logano and led the remainder of the race.
For much of the race, Busch’s closest pursuers were Logano and Hornish. Logano did lose a few positions when he, along with Busch, Hornish and a few other front runners took fuel only during a caution that came out on lap 108. Busch and Hornish were able to continue on up front, but Logano lost several spots on his older tires. Later in the race, though, he used the tires he had saved during that caution to drive back up toward the front.
As Logano was several positions back, Kyle Larson joined Busch and Hornish up front. Larson started the race 39th after a spin in qualifying earlier in the day. After working his way up to second, a left-rear tire issue sent him into the wall with 26 laps to go.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top-five. Finishing sixth through 10th were Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, Parker Kligerman, Kevin Harvick and Nelson Piquet Jr.
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