Busch conquers the mile, and the record books

Dover, DE – Kyle Busch smiled all the way to victory lane, as he conquered the Monster Mile for the season sweep, and another illustrious record. With his 11th win of the 2010 season, Busch breaks the record for most wins in a single season. The record was previously set by Sam Ard, who had 10 wins in 1983.

“It’s very special, Sam is a great individual and was a great driver in his time,” Busch said. “For us to win 11 this year it is very special to me.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver known as ‘Rowdy’ continues to shake things up in the Nationwide Series as he looks for an opportunity to steal the owner’s championship title. With his 41st victory in 196 NASCAR Nationwide starts, he leads that category. Busch could bring the third consecutive ownership title to JGR, tying Bill Baumgardner. He presently sits 500 points out in third place in the driver’s point battle.

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Busch, a Sprint Cup Series regular will enter six of the final seven scheduled Nationwide Series races. In his last five appearances in the Nationwide Series at Dover, Busch has led the most laps in each event. With his impressive lead, Busch passed Harry Gant on the all-time leader’s list at Dover. In the Nationwide Series, he has led a total of 853 laps at Dover.

“For us it was a really good day, we kept it out front and kept it in clean air,” Kyle said. “For myself, I like to go out there and think that I can win every weekend. For where I am and what the team has been able to accomplish I am very fortunate,” he said.

The NOS Team posted a perfect driver rating of 150 during Saturday‘s race. “This has been one day that we’ve been waiting for. Everyone has worked extremely hard, “said Jason Ratcliffe, Crew Chief on the No. 18 Toyota.

The first caution of the day flew for the most popular driver, Danica Patrick when her Go Daddy.com Chevrolet lost a tire in turn 4. At that point in the race she was already two laps down to then leader Kyle Busch.

By lap 95, Busch pulled out to a 1.5 second lead over Carl Edwards. Point leader Brad Keselowski was running fifth at the time.

On lap 113 it was former Sprint Cup Series competitor Derrike Cope that brought out the caution. His No. 73 machine lost a tire, hit the outside wall.

The hardest hit came after Elliott Sadler lost the aerodynamics of the car in turn four on lap 135 bringing out the third caution of the day. His No. 88 Realtree Chevrolet, fielded by JR Motorsports, spun out and backed into the fence. As Sadler slid down the banking, Drew Herring slammed into Sadler bringing out the red flag. Debris scattered throughout the turn added to the length of the red flag which was displayed for 10 minutes, 42 seconds. This was Herrings first visit to Dover.  Both drivers were treated, evaluated and released from the infield medical center.

The final caution flew for a spin involving Brad Keselowski; Ryan Newman stayed out to lead the laps under caution, but could not keep Busch in his sights. Busch charged past Newman and never looked back.

Following Busch to the checkered flag was his teammate Logan, Carl Edwards, Reed Sorenson and Kevin Harvick. Rounding out the top 10 were Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard, Jason Leffler, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Newman. Points leader Keselowski would finish 17th and still maintains a 320 point lead over Edwards. Danica Patrick would be credited with 35th. The highest finishing rookie is Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Joey Logano claimed his twelfth career pole for the Dover 200. This was Logano’s fifth pole in the 2010 season. Driver of the No. 20 Gamestop Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing shared the front row with his teammate Kyle Busch in the No. 18 NOS Toyota.

Other Sprint Cup Series drivers pulling double duty in Dover included David Gilliland, Mike Bliss, Michael McDowell, Tony Raines and Joe Nemechek.

Unofficial Results

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 2 18 Kyle Busch  Toyota 195 10 200 Running
2 1 20 Joey Logano  Toyota 175 5 200 Running
3 3 60 Carl Edwards  Ford 165 0 200 Running
4 6 32 Reed Sorenson  Toyota 160 0 200 Running
5 9 33 Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet 155 0 200 Running
6 8 99 Trevor Bayne  Toyota 150 0 200 Running
7 5 98 Paul Menard  Ford 146 0 200 Running
8 12 38 Jason Leffler  Toyota 142 0 200 Running
9 7 12 Justin Allgaier  Dodge 138 0 200 Running
10 13 1 Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 139 5 200 Running
11 15 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford 130 0 200 Running
12 10 66 Steve Wallace  Toyota 127 0 200 Running
13 23 11 Brian Scott * Toyota 124 0 200 Running
14 36 16 Erik Darnell  Ford 121 0 200 Running
15 11 15 Michael Annett  Toyota 118 0 200 Running
16 20 62 Brendan Gaughan  Toyota 115 0 200 Running
17 4 22 Brad Keselowski  Dodge 112 0 200 Running
18 17 40 Mike Bliss  Chevrolet 109 0 200 Running
19 25 1 Mike Wallace  Chevrolet 106 0 200 Running
20 26 5 Willie Allen  Chevrolet 103 0 198 Running
21 27 9 Kelly Bires  Ford 100 0 197 Running
22 41 28 Kenny Wallace  Chevrolet 97 0 197 Running
23 30 23 Marc Davis  Chevrolet 94 0 197 Running
24 40 34 Tony Raines  Chevrolet 91 0 196 Running
25 32 87 Joe Nemechek  Chevrolet 88 0 196 Running
26 34 70 Mark Green  Chevrolet 85 0 196 Running
27 33 35 Jason Keller  Chevrolet 82 0 196 Running
28 43 81 Michael McDowell  Dodge 79 0 194 Running
29 19 24 Eric McClure  Ford 76 0 194 Running
30 37 21 Morgan Shepherd  Chevrolet 73 0 140 Running
31 16 88 Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 70 0 132 Running
32 21 27 Drew Herring  Ford 67 0 131 Running
33 38 104 Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 64 0 122 In Pit
34 35 73 Derrike Cope  Dodge 61 0 108 Running
35 42 7 Danica Patrick  Chevrolet 58 0 106 Running
36 24 179 Tim Andrews  Ford 55 0 77 Running
37 22 90 Danny O’Quinn Jr.  Chevrolet 52 0 21 Running
38 14 91 David Gilliland  Chevrolet 49 0 20 Running
39 29 10 Josh Wise  Toyota 46 0 17 Running
40 31 89 Johnny Chapman  Chevrolet 43 0 4 Running
41 39 26 Brian Keselowski  Dodge 40 0 3 Running
42 18 92 Dennis Setzer  Dodge 37 0 2 Running
43 28 136 Jeff Green  Chevrolet 34 0 1 Running

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