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July 27, 2013

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES: Busch dominates Indiana 250

INDIANAPOLIS — Just like his victory celebration, Kyle Busch left the rest of the field in a cloud of smoke in the 2nd Annual Indiana 250.

Busch started on the pole and dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he led 92 of the 100 laps.

After a lengthy, smoke-filled celebration burnout, the driver nicknamed “Rowdy” stopped at the Yard of Bricks and did his traditional bow after winning.

Busch won his eighth race of the season in Nationwide and he notched the biggest win of his series record 59 Nationwide victories.

“Whether you're driving Nationwide or Cup, sports cars, Formula 1, Moto GP, anything, it's cool to win at this place just with all the history and all the automobiles that have raced on this surface before,” Busch said.

Busch did have to survive a late race restart that saw him lose the lead. With six laps to go, the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota lost grip in Turn 1 and made contact with Joey Logano's car on the outside.

That opened the window for Brian Scott underneath and he dove for the lead.

 “I was turning left and turning right just trying not to get into Logano and got into him and then we chased it up the race track,” Busch said. “I was watching my mirror at the same time seeing if anybody was coming and there comes the 2 (Brian Scott) out of nowhere and he got by us there.”

“That is hard racing and part of the fun out here and the risk you take to win these things,” Logano said.

Scott led for the next three laps before the Sprint Cup regular got him loose in Turn 1 and Busch made the race-winning pass.

“I had to use the air that he was taking from me to my advantage on him and get him loose and then try to get by,” Busch said.

Scott finished second, the best finish of his career. While happy with the result, he wants a redo on the finish of the race.

“I'd give anything to rewind and go back and do it over again because I feel the outcome could easily have been us in Victory Lane,” Scott said.

Sprint Cup regular Logano finished third. Brian Vickers placed fourth and won $100,000 as part of the Nationwide

Cup regulars Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Matt Kenseth rounded out the next three spots.

Busch's No. 54 Monster Energy Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota speed was evident after his qualifying run. He set a new track record with a lap of 179.644 mph (50.099 seconds) and was almost a full mile an hour faster than second place Sam Hornish Jr's 178.969 mph (50.288 seconds).

Hornish, the 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner and the Nationwide Series' points leader entering the race, suffered engine problems on Lap 64 and finished 34rd.

“We didn't have everything we needed properly and we need to go back to the drawing board and make sure we get everything figured out on how to be better next time,” Hornish said.

Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet, finished 12th and became the new Nationwide points leader. He leads Regan Smith by six points.

 

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