A Milestone Win



Kyle Busch hit another milestone in the Nationwide Series on the way to his Saturday win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

The victory was Busch’s second of the year and the 45th of his career, leaving him four behind Mark Martin (idle Saturday) for the career lead.

Even more impressive was that he led his 10,000th lap in the series. No one else is close.

“Anytime you’re able to break any kind of series record with the likes of Sam Ard and all the guys who made this series what it is, it’s big,” Busch said. “Kevin Harvick in his heyday was really good, and that was just a couple years ago.

“Of course, Mark Martin in his time, and all the guys — (Larry) Pearson and (Tommy) Houston and all those boys. It’s cool and I enjoy it. There’s still plenty more time, hopefully, to make some more records.”

Kasey Kahne finished second, .524 seconds behind Busch, followed by two-time series champion Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott Sadler — the higheset-finishing driver championship contender — and Joey Logano. Danica Patrick finished 33rd after wrecking late in her Bristol debut.

On lap 248 Danica Patrick’s Chevrolet tangled with the Toyota of Ryan Truex, spun and slammed nose-first into the turn one wall. Patrick, who was running two laps down in 17th at the time, thought Truex moved off the frontstretch wall into her racing line.

“It felt like to me that I came out of the corner, and I was running down the straight, and I felt like he came off the wall. … I know I was running him early, and he just runs hard. He’s run hard every time I’ve been around him, and it just seems like overkill.”

Top 10 leaders after 4 of 34: 1. Leffler-142, 2. Stenhouse-140, 3. Allgaier-124, 4. Sorenson-121, 5. Almirola-119, 6. Bayne-112, 7. K. Wallace-111, 8. Sadler-110, 9. Patrick-109, 10. Scott-107.

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