Kyle Busch Beats Logano In Closest Nationwide Series Finish In BMS History
Kyle Busch squeaked out a third straight Nationwide Series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night in the Food City 250 after a tough late-race battle with his teammate Joey Logano and a finish measured in inches.
With the historic win, Busch earned his 50th career Nationwide Series victory and is now the all-time wins leader in the series.
“I don’t know where he (Logano) came from to be honest with you,” Busch admitted in Victory Lane. “He had a rocket ship at the end. I kept getting looser as we ran and he kept rolling the bottom. He used me up through three and four…He used me up, but I probably would have done the same thing.
“I’m sure the fans wanted him to win. Anybody but Kyle, you know?...
Busch is the first driver to win three straight Nationwide races at BMS and is excited Bristol is the place where he was able to break Mark Martin’s Nationwide Series win record.
“It is awesome,” he said. “To come here and beat his record in Bristol is awesome and it came after a great race tonight.”
The margin of victory was just .019 seconds, the closest finish at Bristol in the Nationwide Series, and the seventh-closest overall since the inception of electronic scoring in 1993.
While he came up just a few inches short, Logano still posted his fourth top-10 finish in six races at BMS. Finishing second, however, did not ease his mind about how close he came to victory.
“I’m still frustrated about it,” he said after the race. “We started at the bottom of the track and went all the way back. We started to equal out and then we kept getting a little better. I was really fast in one and two. I knew I would have one shot there, and couldn’t clear him.
“(In the last corner), I was going to do all I could but wreck him. I didn’t want to wreck my teammate. We bounced off each other a few times; I guess we should have bounced off each other one more time,” he added with a laugh. “I wish we were over there in victory lane instead of talking about being so close.”
“I’ve got a lot of good teammates right now,” Logano said of his Joe Gibbs Racing stable mates. “He (Busch) has it all figured out and he has the right people behind him.”
Clint Bowyer brought his Richard Childress Racing machine home in third place, just behind the Gibbs teammates.
“It was a good race; a lot of fun,” he said. “It is a fun atmosphere here and it is just so much fun to race like that. All of our cars were good. I caught Joey and it was either drive through him or try to pass him. I was waiting on them to mess up.”
Carl Edwards drove his Ford to a fourth place finish, while Aric Almirola ended the evening in fifth. Michael Annett, Jason Leffler, and Elliott Sadler finished sixth through eighth, while Parker Kligerman and Brian Scott rounded out the top-10.
Earlier in the afternoon, Ryan Newman took the pole for Saturday evening’s IRWIN Tools Night Race.
“This is huge,” he said after the run. “Matt (Kenseth) came in here earlier and talked about the emotions and when you start up front, your emotions are pretty calm because you’ve got a lot of things going your way. You’re starting in a good position; you’ve got good pit selection, and all those things.
“I just look forward to the race. It’s a great race to watch flashbulbts going into turn one. You’ve just got to miss the wall.”
Carl Edwards will start second on Saturday, while Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin round out the top-five. Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch make up the top-10.