Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Busch takes another NASCAR Nationwide victory

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch, starting from the pole, held off charging series leader Austin Dillon to win Friday night's Dollar General 300 Nationwide series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Earlier in the day, Busch had earned his ninth series pole this season, and for the eighth time in nine tries this year, Busch won from the top starting spot.

The victory was the series-best 11th of the season for Busch, who won for the eighth time in the series at Charlotte and 62nd in his career, extending his series record. He also owns the track record for victories with 13 including five in trucks — but none in Sprint Cup.

"I feel like I've really taken to this place over the years," Busch said. "I have it figured out in (trucks) and Nationwide but I seem to have a little bit of a struggle on the Cup side. We'll see if we can't change that around (tonight)."

In Victory Lane, Busch, who drove a black car trimmed in pink, announced he and wife Samantha were donating all race winnings to the Pretty in Pink Foundation to assist families dealing with breast cancer.

Sam Hornish finished third and remained eight points behind Dillon in the standings. Hornish scored an extra point for leading most laps (76).

"We had three guys fighting it out there till the end with everything we had," Dillon said. "It was a heck of a race. I told Sam it was the best race I felt like I was a part of all year, slicing and dicing out there.

Kevin Harvick came home fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth and Justin Allgaier.

Earlier, Busch said he apparently expects retaliation from Brad Keselowski for wrecking him in last weekend's Nationwide race at Kansas. "Probably for Brad being who Brad is, I guess I should be worried because he's stupid enough to do something," Busch said on SiriusXM NASCAR during Joe Gibbs Racing's fan day. Busch and Keselowski were racing side-by-side in Saturday's closing laps when Busch got into Keselowski's left rear. Keselowski's car hit the outside wall, and he angrily jumped out, jogged toward pit road and gestured wildly at Busch's crew.

Injured F1 driver dies: Maria de Villota, a pioneering female Formula One test driver who survived a 2012 crash in which she lost her right eye, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, Spain. She was 33. The autopsy showed "neurological damage" from last year's wreck likely caused her death, her sister Isabel said. She added that her sister died in her sleep about 6 a.m. De Villota had seemingly recovered from the crash, though she was no longer testing. She wrote a book about her accident, which happened as she drove for Marussia at a test in England, and recently married. De Villota, a Madrid native, was the daughter of Emilio de Villota, who drove in F1 from 1976-82.

Busch takes another NASCAR Nationwide victory 10/11/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:13am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant in 10-inning victory

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh and working eight strong innings overall in a 4-2 10-inning victory over the Pirates.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better as the season goes on, which could make the Rays' decision whether to trade the free-agent-to-be tougher and tougher. He was efficient and effective, rolling through six no-hit innings and eight total.

  3. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  4. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Rays sign first-round pick Brendan McKay to record bonus

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — Determining whether top draft pick Brendan McKay will be more productive as a pitcher or a hitter or can handle the demands of doing both professionally will be a long endeavor that could take years.

    Louisville pitcher Brendan McKay  connects for a grand slam home run during the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament against Notre Dame in May in Louisville, Ky. [Timothy D. Easley/ via AP]