Busch wins his first career NNS race at Talladega

Kyle Busch won under a yellow flag conditions after Mike Wallace’s car flipped upside down on Saturday in the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

[media-credit name=”Steven Iles” align=”alignright” width=”225″][/media-credit]Busch was spun out in a 21-car crash with 30 laps remaining. His car suffered damage but pit crew patched up the car good enough to draft with Joey Logano.

“I got hit like three times on the left side. I thought it was killed. I said it was killed. These guys did a great job putting it back together with great leadership from Jason Ratcliff (crew chief).” Busch said.

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Busch and Logano were able to pass Trevor Bayne and Carl Edwards for the race lead during the second attempt at green-white-checkered finish and hold onto the lead before the yellow flag came out.

“This Z-Line Designs Camry doesn’t look the best, but it was certainly the best right there at the end, especially with the guy that was pushing me, Joey was a great teammate today. Can’t thank everybody from the whole JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) organization, the guys from GameStop, thank those guys. They deserve to win just as much as we do right here. This is a team win and it’s cool to get it here.” Busch said.

This was the third consecutive Nationwide race at Talladega in which Logano has pushed the eventual winner to victory on the final lap.

“I wish we could have got the checkered flag and maybe could have done something with Kyle there. I was committed to pushing him and we were going to get all the way to the front one way or the other and then battle it out to the checkered flag.” Logano said.

Busch led a total of four laps en route to his first career NNS win at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

Busch is now two victories away from tying Mark Martin’s NNS record of 49 career wins.

“All in all, the Mark Martin record, it’s two away, it’s three away from being in my own number. When and where that happens, we’re not going to pick a date.” Busch said.

Saturday’s race produced a series-record of 56 lead changes among 18 drivers, 11 cautions flags along two red flags.

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