Kyle Busch kept his shot at a Dover (Del.) International weekend sweep alive on Saturday, leading 124 laps of the 200-lap Buckle up 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on his way to his second win of the weekend. He won the Truck Series race on Friday night after a dominant 150-laps-led performance in that race.
“We were out front when it mattered, and we just had to pick our way through lap traffic,” Busch said of his Nationwide win.
Trevor Bayne was gaining on Busch and the race lead in the late going, but Busch pulled away, again, in the closing laps.
“The last 10 laps or so we got really, really tight,” Bayne said. “I kinda ran off my tires trying to get to him.”
Bayne finished second, his best finish, so far, this year.
“Man, this team has made some really big gains this week,” Bayne said. “We’ve been an eighth to 10th place car.”
Joey Logano, who was going after a fifth-consecutive Nationwide win at Dover, finished third, Matt Kenseth was fourth, and Chase Elliott fifth.
“It’s kind of frustrating,” Logano said. “Felt like I had a winning car. We were just too loose that last run.”
Logano started on the pole, but wasn’t credited with leading a lap until he stayed out for track position during the first caution of the race on lap 17. Instead, Elliott took the lead on lap one and led until the first caution.
Brian Scott also stayed out during the first caution and ran one-two for several laps before Busch made his way toward the front after restarting just outside the top-five. Busch took second from Scott on lap 49 and set his sights on Logano and the lead. He was closing on Logano when the yellow flag waved for the second time on lap 74. Busch then got off pit road first during the caution to take a lead that he held on to for the remainder of the race.
Kenseth took second from Logano on the restart that followed, and then Logano lost and additional position to Bayne on the next restart that followed a caution with 60 laps remaining.
Bayne then replaced Kenseth in second spot on the final restart of the race with just under 50 laps remaining. Soon after, Kenseth lost third to Logano.
“We’d be loose into the corner and tight in the rest of the corner — not a good combination at Dover,” Kenseth said.
Kyle Larson finished sixth, despite scraping the wall early in the race. Scott finished seventh, Ty Dillon eighth, Elliott Sadler ninth and Regan Smith rounded out the top-10.
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