For the fifth time this season, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch won from the pole, taking the win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Saturday’s Indiana 250. It was Busch’s eighth win of the season in the Nationwide Series. Busch’s JGR teammate took the final Dash4Cash $100,000 bonus with his fourth-place finish.
Busch led 92 laps in the 100-lap race in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry, his all-time leading 59th win in the Nationwide Series. Busch’s pole was the 31st of his career, breaking a tie with Mark Martin for the most poles ever in the series.
On the final restart with six to go, Busch fell back to third as Brian Scott and Joey Logano got past him.
“I had no friends around me on the restart,” said Busch. “On the restart before, I had (Matt) Kenseth behind me, and he pushed me and got me clear of the 22 (Logano). There on that final restart, (Kevin) Harvick was hanging back a little bit trying to get a run…I got down into (Turn) 1 and just lost all grip. I just slid. I was turning left, turning right, trying not to get into Logano. I got into him and we chased up the race track. I was watching my mirror at the same time, trying to see if anybody was coming, and here comes the 2 (Scott) out of nowhere, and he got by us there. It made it tough to pass him back.”
Vickers finished fourth in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, winning the Dash4Cash. The fan that won with Vickers was Pam Nabors, a second cousin of actor Jim Nabors, who sings “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the Indy 500 each year.
Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the No. 18 GameStop Toyota after qualifying ninth, while Elliott Sadler finished 13th in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota after qualifying fourth.
Scott finished second, followed by Logano. Kevin Harvick finished fifth.
Sadler and Vickers each moved up one spot in the Nationwide points standings. Sadler is third, 13 points back of new leader Austin Dillon, and Vickers is fifth, 28 points out of first.
The Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com for the Sprint Cup Series goes green Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The Nationwide Series gets back on track next Saturday, August 3rd at Iowa Speedway. Follow the action at www.nascar.com and joegibbsracing.com.
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