WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Polesitter Kurt Busch won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen after subbing for his teammate Brad Keselowski. Kurt and his brother, Kyle Busch, combined to lead every lap.
Kyle Busch, who led a race-high 48 laps, was out front on lap 78 of the 82-lap race when he had to pit for fuel, giving the lead to Kurt.
“We were running hard together,” Kurt said. “It wasn’t to force him to run out of fuel. I wanted to race him as fair and square as you can, but we knew that they were short [on fuel]. I had the confidence in [crew chief] Todd Gordon here that we had no problem on fuel, so, of course, we were going to continue to apply pressure.”
The race ended in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event three laps past its scheduled distance of 82 laps at the 2.45-mile road course.
Jimmie Johnson finished second despite a pit-road penalty. Joey Logano was third, followed by Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Paul Menard, Ron Fellows, Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler.
Top 10 leaders after 23 of 34:
7. K. Wallace-686
8. S. Wallace-636