Busch wins 11th race of season
DOVER, Del. (AP) – Kyle Busch took a dominating romp on the concrete and rolled into the NASCAR record book.
Busch set a single-season record for wins in the Nationwide Series, taking the checkered flag for the 11th time in only 23 races on Saturday at Dover International Speedway.
Busch was tied with Sam Ard for the previous record with 10 wins. Busch also won 10 races in 2008, matching the record Ard set in NASCAR’s second-tier series in 1983.
“It’s very special,” Busch said. “Sam is a great individual and was a great driver in his time.”
Busch has been all about total control this season on a partial schedule. Imagine how out in front he’d be with the record if he drove every race.
And he’s not done breaking records: Busch is closing in on Mark Martin’s career Nationwide mark of 48 wins. Busch is in second at 41.
He led 192 of 200 laps, received a big ovation after the race and waved his index finger out the window.
“It’s very cool,” Busch said. “We’ve still got more races to go. I’m looking forward to more wins hopefully.”
Joey Logano was second and Carl Edwards third.
Danica Patrick ran into the wall early in the race and was forced into the garage. She returned in the No. 7 Chevrolet and finished 94 laps down in 35th place.
“It’s hot out there. I just took a nice little break in the middle 100 laps,” Patrick said. “No, I was really disappointed.”