Hurricane Kyle Sets New NNS Single-Season Victories Record
Hurricane Kyle Busch hit Dover International Speedway Sept. 25 and set a new single-season NASCAR Nationwide Series victories record at 11.
Busch's total eclipses the 1983 mark set by Sam Ard en route to capturing the first of two straight series titles with a total of 23 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes.
"It's pretty spectacular, I couldn't be happier. To have the success we've had this year and the past three years in the Nationwide Series has been awesome. I can only hope it continues. There's a lot more left. We're celebrating tonight," Busch said following his fifth victory, eighth top-five and ninth top-10 finish in as many starts.
He started second, took the lead from polesitter and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano on Lap 4 and led the race twice for a total of 192 of 200 race laps. Busch held point for the closing 59 race laps and showed resolve by battling through a vibration in his No. 18 car that started with 15 laps remaining in the event. The vibration proved not to be costly and he drove his car across the finish line 0.400 of a second in front of Logano's No. 20.
"This car was flawless, really, really good. It's fun to come out here, running these cars and winning with Jason Ratcliff and the boys," Busch said.
Second-place championship contender Carl Edwards took third, Reed Sorenson grabbed fourth and Kevin Harvick completed the race top five.
Logano registered his 10th top-five and 18th top-10 finish of the season while placing second for the sixth time. He snared his lone victory through 19 starts this season on June 12 in Kentucky Speedway's "Meijer 300."
"We just weren't good enough. We weren't that good in the beginning of the race and worked all day to come home with a second-place car. I feel like at the end we had a car that was good enough to win, it was just too late. Six second-place finishes, I want to win one these things eventually. It's second, it stinks, but it's better than third. We'll take it and move on," Logano said.
Nationwide Series championship leader Brad Keselowski finished 17th at Dover and will advance to the series Oct. 2 event at Kansas Speedway with a 320-point advantage over Edwards with seven races remaining on the schedule.
Kansas race coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m., on ESPN2, Motor Racing Network radio and Sirius XM 128.
Story by Mike Schmaltz