Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch led 186 of the 200 laps in Saturday’s History 300 Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, beating Kasey Kahne to the checkered flag by 0.939 seconds. Busch’s seventh Charlotte Nationwide Series win broke his tie with Mark Martin for the most wins at the 1.5-mile track and extended his record for all-time wins to 57.
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Green Flag – Nationwide Series History 300
Busch qualified second for the race with a speed of 183.817 mph (29.377 seconds), just 0.021-seconds slower than pole winner Austin Dillon (183.949 mph/29.356 seconds). Brian Vickers qualified third with a speed of 183.125 mph (29.488 seconds), and Matt Kenseth qualified ninth with a fast lap of 182.070 mph (29.659 seconds); Elliott Sadler qualified the fourth JGR car in 20th (180.240 mph/29.960 seconds).
No. 54 team pit stop
The win was Busch’s sixth of the season in nine races. Kenseth finished eighth at Charlotte in the No. 18 Reser’s Toyota, while Vickers in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota and Sadler in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota finished 11th and 13th, respectively.
No. 54 Toyota – Charlotte Motor Speedway
“Every time you’re tied with somebody, you want to beat ‘em,” said the driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry following the win. “But when you’re tied with the greats in this sport, like the Mark Martins or the Jack Ingrams, it makes it pretty special to beat those guys and the records they set at different tracks, whatever’s been done before. It’s never easy, but I felt like we had a good car, and we were in good position. I told (crew chief) Adam (Stevens), ‘If this track gets hot, these guys are in trouble,’ because they seem to slide around a little more than we do. I felt like our car was really good, so I’m proud of the fact that what I felt actually came true today.”
Busch takes a bow – Charlotte 5/25/13
Former JGR driver Joey Logano finished third, followed by Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick. Trevor Bayne and Justin Allgaier finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman and Regan Smith rounded out the top 10.
Busch in victory lane – Charlotte 5/25/13
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