Kyle Busch won his 12th NASCAR Nationwide race of the 2010 season at Auto Club Speedway, due in large part to good restarts and fast pit work. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield), arguably had the fastest car of the day, but could not keep up with Kyle on the restarts or in the pits, which cost him the race.
“For us to be able to come out here and get number twelve it’s awesome. These guys really enjoy doing this and so do I,” said Busch.
Kyle Busch started on the pole at the NASCAR Nationwide CampingWorld.com 300; however Harvick, who started second, had the better car on the long runs.
Kyle Busch got a pit-lane speeding penalty on lap 90, which dropped him to fifteenth. It took him 23 laps to return to the front of the pack.
Danica Patrick qualified 14th at Fontana, had her best qualifying by far. In February she qualified 36th at the track. Nine laps from the end Patrick was in 17th when she made contact with James Buescher. The result left Patrick spinning hard into the wall and putting her out of the race despite running at a race high of 13th position.
While Harvick led the most laps, he has to settle for a third place finish, squeezing past Joey Logano and Carl Edwards in the final two laps.
Brad Keselowski finished second, increasing his points lead. It seems unlikely that he will not win the Nationwide championship this year.