Like Busch in Phoenix, Jet Ski dominated most of the race, but instead of being penalized, he was caught in a strategy catch-22 when a caution came out with six laps to go thanks to Paul Menard's flat right front tire.
Keselowski chose to pit and take four tires, while Busch and Justin Allgaier stayed out on the track. But of the 15 cars on the lead lap, Busch and Allgaier were the only ones that stayed out, allowing Keselowski to restart fourth for the green-white-checker finish. As Greg Biffle made it three wide on the restart, Keselowski patiently--well as patiently as a driver can with two laps to go--waited for a hole to open up in the middle of the track, split Busch and Biffle, and held off Biffle on the last lap because he had the low line in turns 3 and 4.
Busch, who restarted eighth with 12 laps to go at Phoenix, knew that he was toast on the final restart and against all hopes for a budding rivalry, cordially congratulated Keselowski and his team on their performance. (Come on Kyle! Where's the hate? Couldn't you have at least made a crack about hoping that the 22 team was using legal shocks this weekend?)
So what was better? Seven positions in 12 laps or three positions in two laps? If Busch can convince Joe and JD Gibbs to run the full Nationwide schedule, we've got one heckuva title race on our hands.
- Kyle Busch
- Brad Keselowski
- Justin Allgaier
- Greg Biffle