Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch continued his domination of the Nationwide Series with his win in Friday night’s Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his 11th win of the season and 62nd of his career in the series.
Busch qualified on the pole for the race in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry with a speed of 183.387 mph (29.446 seconds). Brian Vickers, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, started ninth with a speed of 180.941 mph (29.844 seconds), while Matt Kenseth, in the No. 18 GameStop/Call of Duty Ghosts Toyota started 15th after a qualifying run of 178.790 mph (30.203 seconds). Elliott Sadler, in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota, wrecked his primary car during qualifying and started 37th on owners’ points.
In the end, Busch came home victorious, with Kenseth finishing fifth. Vickers and Sadler were involved in the same wreck on Lap 54 of the race; both cars made it back to the track before retiring early from the event. Sadler, who spun again on Lap 67, finished 36th, while Vickers finished 31st.
Thanks to Busch’s trip to victory lane, the real winner of the night was the Pretty In Pink Foundation, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based foundation whose mission is to provide financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients regardless (“Champions”) of their ability to pay. 12 local “Champions” and their guests were at the race as guests of Busch and his wife Samantha. The couple, on behalf of the Kyle Busch Foundation, presented a check to PIP in the amount of $80,000 earlier on Friday, but a last-minute victory lane decision by Busch and team owner J.D. Gibbs netted the organization a few more dollars in the end – around $74,000.
“I certainly want to do this tomorrow night also, but first and foremost our breast cancer survivors are with us tonight – the champions that we have here tonight, this is an honor to them,” said Busch in victory lane. “Samantha’s done a tremendous job with her Project Pink initiative. To come out here and try to raise money – we had a dinner on Tuesday night, we had a mammogram unit at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) on Thursday and she’s done a tremendous job. She deserves all the credit this week. She’s done everything. Here on the race track it was certainly fun and it was challenging tonight. I felt like I had the good Lord riding with me there at the end. I certainly lost the lead and I didn’t think we were going to win the thing and somehow I got to the top and started making time and was able to get back up there. Don’t know if I would have been able to do it without everything on this thing riding with us tonight and having a pink car – thanks to Monster Energy for letting us do that. It was fun and it looked awesome. I think it was for a great cause and I think a lot of people took to it and enjoyed the whole program. We’re going to donate all of our winnings tonight to the Pretty in Pink Foundation.”
Austin Dillon finished second, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Kevin Harvick.
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