Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch used his No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry to bump draft Brad Keselowski into a race for the win, but the tandem ended up finishing second (Keselowski) and fourth (Busch) to DRIVE4COPD 300 winner Regan Smith, who crossed the finish line .013 seconds ahead of Keselowski. JGR driver Elliott Sadler finished fifth, while Matt Kenseth finished 14th in the first Nationwide Series race of the season at Daytona International Speedway.
"We kind of got boxed in there late," said Busch. "The 7 (Smith) had a good run on the outside with the 6 (Trevor Bayne) pushing him. Me and Brad were trying to get going on the bottom, and the 7 was holding us so tight I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time through the corners. He was really on us pretty tight there. It was interesting the way the lap played out and how much bumping was going on and what you could do and how far was too far - you're essentially playing with fire."
Busch started the race fourth, followed by Sadler in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota in fifth and Kenseth in the No. 20 Reser’s Main Street Bistro Toyota in sixth. Sadler sits third in Nationwide Series points following the race, eight back of leader Smith.
Trevor Bayne finished third, with Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon, Dylan Kwasniewski, Ryan Sieg and Kyle Larson rounding out the top 10.
The Nationwide Series gets back on track Saturday, March 1st at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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