NASCAR & Auto Racing

Kyle Busch’s gas gamble pays off with Nationwide win

Race fans complain Kyle Busch wins all the time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series?

Not true.

Busch’s victory in Saturday’s The Prime 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was his seventh series win of the season but ended a four-race winless streak – his longest of the season.

This one did take a little longer to accomplish than his others this season – three two-lap overtimes in fact.

Several cars dropped off the pace and wrecked as cars ran out of fuel but Busch was able to hold off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers for the win.

“I guess I did a good job saving (fuel),” said Busch, who still had enough fuel for an impressive victory burnout. “We worked on the race car to make it a lot better today.

“This is a difficult track; it’s certainly not easy. When you win here, you certainly get all your worth.”

Busch and Vickers dominated the race up front – they combined to lead 204 of the 213 laps. Busch, however, got a good jump on Vickers on the final restart.

“We ran good all day and had a really fast car. I think whoever was in the front, as long as you didn’t make a mistake, was going to win this one,” Vickers said.

Austin Dillon finished third, Brian Scott was fourth and Michael Annett was fifth. Series points leader Regan Smith got into Elliott Sadler on the last lap and wound up eighth.

Sadler ran in the top-five the entire race but after getting hit by Smith at the end of the race wound up finishing in 18th place.

“He said he just lost control of his car,” Sadler said of Smith. “I don’t know why he has to race us that way. I don’t race him that way. He admitted he lost control of his car and took us out.”

Dillon won this week’s $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus from Nationwide for series regulars. Vickers, Dillon, Annett, and Scott are eligible for the bonus next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

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