Kyle Busch was the first one to the finish line once again on Saturday afternoon.
Not that it’s anything new, but Busch dominated yet another NASCAR Nationwide Series race for the sixth time in nine attempts this season.
Busch took his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to victory lane after leading 186 of 200 laps at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the History 300. He was able to hold off Kasey Kahne, who opted to run on the low line after the final restart as Busch moved to the middle even though Kahne’s car was faster on the high line, which evidently was the reason he couldn’t catch Busch.
The win was historical for Busch. He broke yet another record which was previously set by Mark Martin. This time, he beat Martin’s record of most wins at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with seven victories at the mile-and-a-half oval.
Kyle Larson was the highest finishing rookie as he had an impressive day. Larson had several good restarts where he was able to use the high line which gave him an advantage entering the back straightaway, giving him several positions within a lap or two. Besides being the highest finishing rookie, Larson was also the highest finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series regular.
Finishing third in front of Larson, was Joey Logano, and behind him was Kevin Harvick, which shows how impressive he truly was.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series championship battle continued to get even more interesting after the History 300. None of the top-five contenders for the championship had great cars. Sam Hornish Jr. was able to lead a few laps, but after that, his car got very loose and he almost wrecked with Michael Annett in the center of turns three and four. Hornish ended up finishing in the 12th position.
Points leader, Regan Smith, ran in the top-five for most of the day. His car lost some handling late in the race as he barely hung on for a top-10 position.
There were two wreck during the race. The first was between Johanna Long and Robert Richardson Jr. Long was able to return back to the race, but Richardson ended up calling it quits, finishing last in the 40th position.
The second wreck occurred when Travis Pastrana got loose off of turn two. Pastrana slammed into the inside SAFER barrier on the back stretch and went a few feet in the air on impact. His car then when back into the racing grove when John Wes Townley was sent spinning. In order to avoid Townley, Joe Nemechek went down on the apron, but in doing so, Nemechek hit Pastrana’s rear quarter-panel, ending each of their days.
20 cars finished on the lead-lap, with Alex Bowman being the final of those 20. There were five different leaders and a total of nine lead changes. Smith continues to lead the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings with Hornish second, Justin Allgaier at third after moving up with a seventh-place finish, Elliott Sadler fourth and Brian Vickers fifth.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be at Dover next Saturday afternoon for the 5-Hour Energy 200.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.