Kyle Busch has owned the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season. He added to his success on Friday as he won at Chicagoland Speedway and has now recorded his seventh victory of the year. It was 37th career win in NASCAR’s second-tier series and he moves into sole possession of second place on the series career wins list.
Brad Keselowski probably helped him out the most on Friday. With an overtime restart ahead and Joey Logano out in the lead, Keselowski ran out of gas before the green flag fell and Busch was able to get closer to Logano. Busch jumped out on the restart and held on to get the win.
“I don’t think I would have had a shot to win the race, because it was going to take too much to get alongside Joey had the restart gone with Keselowski in place,” Busch said.
After a restart with 53 laps remaining, Logano took the lead from Busch and seemed to be on his way to a win. However, NASCAR officials issued a caution with 15 laps to go for debris on the track. Logano wasn’t surprised by the issued caution.
“It’s almost like you can guarantee a caution’s going to come out,” Logano said. “You know it’s going to happen … if you have more than a five-car-length lead. You can almost promise that’s going to happen. So, of course, that happened.”
Along with most of the leaders, Logano pitted but Keselowski missed his pit. It appeared as though this might end up helping him, but instead Keselowski went on to finish 21st. Despite his unlucky finish, he still leads Carl Edwards by 227 points in the 2010 Nationwide standings.
“Momma said there would be days like this,” Keselowski said. “I ran out of gas here last year, which broke my string of top 10 finishes, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t do it again.”
Busch was in full control of the race early, but fell behind after being penalized for going too fast on the entry to pit road. However, once Keselowski was out of the way, Busch took the lead after the green flag fell less than a lap into it and went on to win.
Danica Patrick was also in the field and finished 24th and was two laps behind the leaders when the race was over. It was her first finish inside the top 30 in five Nationwide races this year.
“I definitely learned a lot,” Patrick said during a post-race TV interview. “It was really nice to run a clean race with no accidents, really, especially in the first part. It’s so tough when you spin at the beginning of the race. But we didn’t do that, so we just trucked along.”