April 10, 2010
Kyle Busch gave a pat to the hood of his car after doing a burnout, but while his car was good, Busch was even better over the last eight laps and that got him an incredible victory in Friday's Nationwide race.
Busch was leading when NASCAR deemed he jumped a restart with about 50 laps to go, and when asked in Victory Lane by ESPN's Jamie Little, it was obvious that Busch didn't agree with the call.
"I don't know. All I know is I paid NASCAR back with the win," Busch said.
While believing that NASCAR wanted to take the win away from Busch is borderline insane asylum worthy, it might have been just a ploy by those in the control tower to get a good finish.*
On that final restart, Busch started eighth and quickly made things three wide going into turn one. Joey Logano had passed Brad Keselowski for the lead before the caution had come out and restarted the leader, but had significant right front fender damage when, as he was exiting his pit stall after taking two tires he collided with Busch as Busch was entering his pit stall.
Logano was a sitting duck and quickly fell back through the field as Brad Keselowski made a kamikaze-like move to take over the lead with five laps to go in turn one. However, the top seven cars were then bunched together, with Busch calmly picking his way through the field on the high side. And when Busch took the lead from Keselowski a lap later, it was adios to the rest of the field.
"Hopefully that was an exciting race for the fans," Busch told ESPN. "I don't know how we could have made it any better out there."
Now that Busch and Hamlin have had great drives in the late stages of races in the last couple of weeks, the pressure's on Logano to come up with one of his own. If that's not the drive of the year in the Nationwide Series, 2010 will have been really good to NASCAR fans.
*Are you kidding? No one in NASCAR could have foreseen that coming.
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