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Kyle Busch surges to late-race win at Chicagoland in NASCAR Nationwide Series

Kyle Busch wins at Chicagoland Speedway in the Nationwide Series.
Kyle Busch wins at Chicagoland Speedway in the Nationwide Series.
Photo Source: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Kyle Busch

Nationwide: Kyle Busch had one of his roller coaster weekends in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicagoland Speedway. Finishing first and 13th in practices, he qualified eighth. Busch led four times for 110 laps, bringing his total laps led in 2010 to 1,009 laps. This is a milestone for the Las Vegas native, making this the fifth time in his career he has led more than 1,000 laps in a season. Throughout the race, Busch thought he had no chance of winning, especially when he received two penalties on lap 56 for speeding while exiting and entering pit road. On lap 172, running second to teammate Joey Logano, he said “It's over. There ain't going to be another caution. The freakin' race is over.” Busch caught a break just 13 laps later when there was a caution for debris and he took four fresh tires. This allowed him to take the lead on the next caution and eventually the win. The win marked his 37th in NNS (in 188 starts), passing Kevin Harvick for second position in the NNS all-time win list and is now 11 wins behind Mark Martin for first place. Busch joins Harvick as the only repeat winner at Chicagoland, earned the 51st victory for Joe Gibbs racing (25 solely from Busch), and has won four of his last five races. He leaves Chicagoland third in points, moving up one spot from last week.

Cup: While Busch had a great late run in the NNS, his Cup race was underwhelming. He finished 31st and 29th in practices and qualified 33rd. Running out of the top-20 for most of the race, Busch eventually finished the race 17th. He leaves the race sixth in points, the same position he came to Chicagoland in.

Kurt Busch

Unlike last week, Kurt Busch did not have such a good night. He finished 10th and 18th in practices and qualified 22nd. At the checkered flag, Busch finished 26th, two laps down. He was quoted as saying he felt like he was driving a Nationwide car, it was “unbelievable.” He leaves Chicagoland fifth in points, losing one position from last week.

Brendan Gaughan

Gaughan did not have Lady Luck on his side in Chicago. Beginning with practices of 26th and 21st, he started 35th. While Gaughan did lead once for one lap during green-flag pit stops, he was the recipient of the free pass twice (cautions one and three) but was involved in a last-lap crash along with the 01, 6, 34, 10 and 16 cars. He crossed the finish line in 16th place and left ninth in points, the same as when he arrived.


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