The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Sparta, Ky., this weekend for a stand-alone race at Kentucky Speedway -- Saturday night's Kentucky 300. The series was last in action a week ago at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. That race, the Dollar General 300, was an event dominated by Sprint Cup Series regular, Kyle Busch. Busch led all but five laps of that 200-lap race en route to his 10 Nationwide win of the season and the 61st of his career.
“This is an awesome race car right here,” Busch said of his car in victory lane at Chicagoland.
Here's a look back at that race before we look ahead at Kentucky (Be sure to check out the slideshow from Chicagoland to the left):
Another Sprint Cup regular, Joey Logano, finished second after passing series regulars Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. in the final 10 laps. Hornish wound up third and Dillon fourth. A third Sprint Cup regular, Dale Earnhardt Jr., rounded out the top-five.
Busch started on the pole and led until the yellow flag waved for the first time on lap 24. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brian Scott took only two tires during the caution to get off pit road first and second. As soon as the race restarted, though, Logano moved into the lead and Busch into second. Soon after, Busch retook the lead from Logano and led the remainder of the race.
For much of the race, Busch’s closest pursuers were Logano and Hornish. Logano did lose a few positions when he, along with Busch, Hornish and a few other front runners took fuel only during a caution that came out on lap 108. Busch and Hornish were able to continue on up front, but Logano lost several spots on his older tires. Later in the race, though, he used the tires he had saved during that caution to drive back up toward the front.
As Logano was several positions back, Kyle Larson joined Busch and Hornish up front. Larson started the race 39th after a spin in qualifying earlier in the day. After working his way up to second, a left-rear tire issue sent him into the wall with 26 laps to go.