Kyle Busch Claims 13th Charlotte Motor Speedway Win
BUSCH WINS DOLLAR GENERAL 300 - Kyle Busch continued his NASCAR Nationwide Series dominance Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the Dollar General 300 to sweep both series races at the track this year.
The victory makes Busch the winningest driver in Charlotte Motor Speedway history, with 13 across all NASCAR series. However, he remains winless in the Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte, something he hopes to change in Saturday's Bank of America 500.
"I certainly want to do this tomorrow night also," Busch said as he exited his car in Victory Lane Friday night.
Later in the media center, he expanded on his mastery of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"Well, I about wrecked my Cup car in practice today," Busch said. "No, this has been a really good race track for me. I enjoy coming to Charlotte; I feel like I've really taken to this place over the years. Seems like I can figure it out in Truck and Nationwide, but I seem to have a little bit of a struggle in the Cup side. So we'll see if we can't change that around tomorrow."
Busch and his wife Samantha announced from Victory Lane that they would be donating the earnings from Friday's win to the Pretty in Pink breast cancer champions that had been with them at the track all day. The Busch's had already donated $80,000 to the group of 12 local underinsured and uninsured men and women suffering from breast cancer earlier Friday.
"It has been amazing," Samantha Busch said as she joined her husband in Victory Lane. "God has blessed us with our fans and sponsors and friends. We have (eight) patients with us here in Victory Lane, and now they're going to get the race winnings too."
Busch took the lead from Sam Hornish Jr. with eight laps remaining by taking advantage of lapped traffic. Hornish
hesitated as he approached the slower car, first considering taking Busch three-wide before backing off just enough to allow Busch to the high side, where he claimed the lead by threading along the wall, a move he said he picked up from rookie Kyle Larson earlier in the race. From there, Busch fell into his Charlotte groove and started stretching his lead.
Hornish led 76 laps, including 12 of the final 20, and was in position to pick up a win. But, as the laps ticked off, the car got looser and looser, leaving Hornish a sitting duck.
"In the last 10 laps the car went from being right about where I wanted it to be to free enough that I was swatting flies," Hornish said. "You don't get that close very often when you race against Kyle especially at here in the Nationwide Series, and to have it slip away in the last 10 laps is frustrating."
Hornish's car fell away enough in the closing laps that Austin Dillon was also able to overtake him as well, relegating the title contender to third. His chief competition, Dillon, finished second and retains the championship points lead.
"You had three guys there fighting it out and giving it everything we had," Dillon said. "That was a heck of a race. I told Sam (Hornish) I thought that was the best race I have run all year."
KYLE BUSCH (DOLLAR GENERAL 300 WINNER, NO. 54 MONSTER ENERGY TOYOTA) - "Our breast cancer champions that are with us tonight, this was in honor of them. Samantha has done an incredible job in her work with them. She deserves all the credit this week. But here on the race track it was certainly fun; it was challenging tonight. I felt like I had the good Lord riding with me there at the end. Certainly I lost the lead, didn't think we were going to win the thing and then somehow I got to the top and started making time and was able to get back up there. Don't know if I would have been able to do it without everything on this thing riding with us tonight. We had a pink car tonight, thanks to Monster for letting us do that. It's for a great cause."
AUSTIN DILLON (SECOND PLACE, NO. 3 ADVOCARE CHEVROLET) - "It was a good one. They asked me earlier in the week what it would be like to be champion and not win a race, that right there should show you just how tough it is. You had three guys there fighting it out and giving it everything we had. That was a heck of a race. I told Sam (Hornish) I thought that was the best race I have run all year. We were dicing up there. It was easy to miss your line. It was a good run for us. This hasn't been of our better tracks. I'm very happy."
SAM HORNISH JR. (THIRD PLACE, NO. 12 DETROIT GENUINE PARTS FORD) - "I was real excited about going into tonight's race. We had a good practice. At Charlotte in the past we have been way too tight, and the last couple of restarts we haven't been able to hold our own because the car won't turn. Tonight we had it turning pretty good. It's very frustrating to be leading with 10 laps to go and pulling away from the 54 car (Busch) and not win. I had to work hard to keep the car under me the last 10 laps. It's a shame we couldn't pull it off though."