Kyle Busch one-ups brother, wins VFW 200 at Darlington
Saturday, May. 11, 2013
DARLINGTON, S.C. When did Darlington become the Las Vegas of the East Coast?
Kyle and Kurt Busch made the iconic Darlington Raceway their own playground on Friday, with Kurt winning the pole for Saturday night’s Southern 500 and younger brother Kyle winning the VFW 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race from the pole.
The Las Vegas natives, who have never been among the sport’s fan favorites, also earned their fair share of cheers for their performances Friday.
“We got back on a pit stop but got back to the front. It was pretty good racing overall, though, I thought it was pretty fun at least from my vantage point,” said Busch, who earned his fifth Nationwide win of the season in 10 starts.
“There were some exciting moments on the track tonight. Hopefully, I gave the fans a little bit of a treat there with the burnout.”
Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers finished second and third, respectively. Joey Logano was fourth and JGR driver Matt Kenseth was fifth.
Regan Smith, who finished seventh, continues to lead the series standings, holding a 28-point advantage over Sam Hornish Jr.
Busch led a race-high 107 of the 147 laps and generally had little trouble with the competition.
In fact, Sadler said he was driving so hard trying to catch Busch early in the race that he spun out and brought out a caution. Sadler still recovered to finish second.
“I made a mistake in Turn 1 and spun the car out, and Lady Luck helped me by not hitting anything,” Sadler said. “I was just driving over my head trying to catch Mr. Busch – he is just really, really good at this track.
“We made some adjustments on the car and got two tires on a pit stop late in the race, which really helped. You can tell how much JGR puts into its Nationwide program with putting four cars in the top-five.”
The race was slowed four times by caution for a total of 17 laps. There were 10 lead changes among eight different drivers.