JOLIET, Ill. While rules and Chase participants have changed during the week, one thing remains a constant in NASCAR – Kyle Busch winning.
Busch dominated Saturday, leading 195 of 200 laps on his way to a victory in the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. The win is Busch’s 10th of the season in 20 Nationwide Series starts.
Busch also won Friday night’s Truck series race and will attempt to win in all three national series at the same track the same weekend for the second time in his career. Busch starts 12th in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race.
“I can’t say enough about how special this year has been and how many times we’ve been to Victory Lane, but we got to work a little bit on Sundays,” Busch said. “We got to be able to do it then, too.”
Busch’s performance was the most dominant on a 1.5-mile speedway in series history, eclipsing the 194 laps led by the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. in a race in 1986 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The only time Busch failed to lead in Saturday’s race was when Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead after making a two-tire pit stop.
“My car had a lot of grip in it and I could just do anything I wanted to ... and my Cup car isn’t quite like that,” Busch said. “We’ll try to make it 3-for-3.”
Joey Logano finished third, series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. was third, Austin Dillon was fourth and Earnhardt Jr. ended up fifth.
“The last half of the race we had great speed but we didn’t have great track position,” Earnhardt said. “We were able crawl through the field and pass some guys.
“I had a good weekend with this car, we just put ourselves behind early in the race.”
Hornish holds a 17-point lead over Dillon with seven races remaining this season. Regan Smith, who spun late in the race, is third in points, 36 behind Hornish.
“There is still a long time to go, what seven races? A lot can happen,” Hornish said. “We have to be smart about how we run it.”