Another Track, Same Story: Busch Grabs Darlington Victory

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Another outstanding and dominant performance by Kyle Busch led him to victory lane Friday Night at Darlington. He remained up front for almost the whole night and by the time the checkered flag fell, he was the leader. This is Busch’s fifth Nationwide Series victory of the season and his seventh NASCAR win so far in 2013. Busch proved how dominant he can be in this race and this could only be a warm-up for what may come in tomorrow’s Cup race.

Other than a few cautions, this race went by fairly quickly. Busch led for about the first 50 laps before his teammate, Matt Kenseth, beat him off of pit-road to snag the lead. The caution that set the lead change up featured another one of Busch’s teammates, Elliot Sadler. Sadler spun in between turn’s 1 and 2, but that didn’t slow him down and he ended up finishing second.

After Kenseth had his share of the lead, Busch regained the top spot on lap 82. The fourth and final caution of the day flew on lap 119 for Kyle Fowler who hit the wall in turn 1. More pit stops occurred under the caution and a variety of strategy left the races top players scattered throughout the field on the final restart. Joey Logano had become the new leader after not pitting on the restart and he was able to stay out front until there were 18 laps to go.

Busch managed to fight his way back to the lead and he made the final pass for the lead in the race when he got around Logano. Cruise-control was the mode Busch was in for the final part of the race and he crossed the finish line first to take the victory. He is no stranger to victory lane at Darlington and he last won here in 2011.

Lots of paint was traded throughout the night and it was a classic, but quick, Darlington race. Busch hopes his success in this race will carry-over to tomorrow’s 500 mile Cup race, but he knows anything could happen. Another Busch sweep could be in-store tomorrow and he started the weekend off on the right foot with this win. More Darlington action is scheduled for tomorrow night and you won’t want to miss it, because it will be one great race.

By Jason Schultz

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Kyle Busch 54 Toyota

147

 

1

107

0

0

0

2 Elliott Sadler 11 Toyota

147

 

2

0

42

0

0

3 Brian Vickers 20 Toyota

147

 

4

0

41

0

0

4 Joey Logano 22 Ford

147

 

14

8

0

0

0

5 Matt Kenseth 18 Toyota

147

 

3

27

0

0

0

6 Kyle Larson 32 Chevrolet

147

 

7

0

38

0

0

7 Regan Smith 7 Chevrolet

147

 

11

0

37

0

0

8 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 Ford

147

 

9

0

36

0

0

9 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet

147

 

6

1

0

0

0

10 Justin Allgaier 31 Chevrolet

147

 

5

0

34

0

0

11 Austin Dillon 3 Chevrolet

147

 

8

0

33

0

0

12 Chris Buescher 16 Ford

147

 

18

0

32

0

0

13 Ty Dillon 33 Chevrolet

147

 

15

0

0

0

0

14 Brian Scott 2 Chevrolet

147

 

26

0

30

0

0

15 Parker Kligerman 77 Toyota

147

 

12

0

29

0

0

16 Nelson Piquet Jr. 30 Chevrolet

147

 

21

0

28

0

0

17 Alex Bowman 99 Toyota

147

 

13

0

27

0

0

18 Reed Sorenson 43 Ford

147

 

16

0

26

0

0

19 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota

146

 

19

0

25

0

0

20 Jeremy Clements 51 Chevrolet

146

 

27

1

25

1

0

21 Josh Wise 40 Chevrolet

146

 

22

0

23

0

0

22 Blake Koch 00 Toyota

146

 

24

0

22

0

0

23 Landon Cassill 4 Chevrolet

146

 

20

1

0

0

0

24 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota

146

 

28

0

20

0

0

25 Mike Wallace 01 Chevrolet

146

 

25

0

19

0

0

26 Eric McClure 14 Toyota

144

 

37

0

18

0

0

27 Danny Efland 74 Chevrolet

144

 

38

0

17

0

0

28 Travis Pastrana 60 Ford

144

 

17

0

16

0

0

29 Hal Martin 44 Toyota

143

 

34

1

16

1

0

30 Dexter Stacey 92 Ford

142

 

30

0

14

0

0

31 Harrison Rhodes 23 Chevrolet

141

 

35

0

0

0

0

32 Trevor Bayne 6 Ford

139

 

10

0

12

0

0

33 Tony Raines 70 Toyota

139

 

39

1

12

1

0

34 Kyle Fowler 79 Ford

108

 

33

0

10

0

0

35 Kevin Lepage 52 Chevrolet

27

 

40

0

9

0

0

36 Bryan Silas 24 Toyota

21

 

36

0

0

0

0

37 Jeff Green 10 Toyota

16

 

31

0

7

0

0

38 J.J. Yeley 42 Chevrolet

7

 

23

0

0

0

0

39 Chase Miller 46 Chevrolet

4

 

32

0

5

0

0

40 Tanner Berryhill 17 Chevrolet

3

 

29

0

4

0

0

 

 

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