Kyle Busch has been on a roll within the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season and he continued to remain on top at Charlotte.
Busch captured the win at the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he took the lead from Sam Hornish Jr. with eight laps to go. The win also gave Busch a season sweep of the Nationwide Series races at Charlotte. With the latest win at Charlotte, Busch’s win total in the Nationwide Series in 2013 is now up to 11.
For Busch, the number eight seems to be his lucky number at Charlotte as he took the lead Friday night with eight to go for his eighth Nationwide Series career win at the 1.5–mile track. Austin Dillon finished in second. After coming close to another win in the 2013 season, Hornish finished in third at Charlotte. Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth closed out the top five.
Prior to the race at Charlotte, Dillon went in as the championship points leader after taking the top spot following the race at Kansas. Now with the Charlotte race in the books, Dillon still remains in the top spot with an eight-point lead over second-place Hornish.
The owner’s standing is also a tight battle. With the win Friday, Busch helped Joe Gibbs Racing get the No. 54 car back as the points leader in the owner’s championship standings. Now with four points over the No.22 car of Penske Racing, the following weeks will feature a tight owner’s championship battle.
As the season begins to wind down, the race to the Nationwide Series championship is getting close and coming down to a two man battle. There’s still plenty of racing left and a lot can change before Homestead, but Dillon and Hornish will be the ones to watch as they still try to compete for wins and the bragging rights of being the Nationwide Series champion.