August 07, 2013Kyle Busch was pretty much untouchable during the Indiana 250 of the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Super Weekend, leading 92 of the 100 laps to win over runner-up Brian Scott. There were a few tense moments late in the July 27 race, but Busch handily won by a 2.141-second margin.
"A victory here ranks pretty high," Busch said of his win. "Just the history of the speeds around this place and what it carries itself, whether it's a Sprint Cup Series or Nationwide win, F-1, MotoGp, Grand-Am, whatever it might be, it's always really cool to win here at Indy. For as many automobiles and race cars that have been on this surface and surfaces prior, I think the yard of bricks is just pretty cool."
Kyle Busch celebrates winning the second annual Nationwide Series Indiana 250 in front of the main grandstand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch led 92 of the 100 laps. Photo by Wade Bell
Busch's team had tested at the famed track just a few days before. Crew chief Jeb Stevens said they hit the jackpot on conditions on the testing day and the race.
"We made the changes we needed to get our car where it needed to be at the test," Stevens said. "A big factor this weekend, we kind of hit the lottery with the weather conditions. It was almost identical to the test. It's very unusual for Indiana this time of year. That helped our cause. We didn't have to chase it much."
Busch took the lead from the onset and was leading by almost six seconds over Trevor Bayne on Lap 33 of the 100 laps. The race was slowed by four cautions, but all of those were for debris or fluids on the track.
It wasn't until the final restart where the race got really interesting. Brian Scott was in fourth place during the final caution when the green came down for the final run of the race. Busch and Joey Logano had a slight get-together through Turn 2 and that allowed Scott to get out in front.
"The 22 (Logano) and 54 (Busch) got together, and I was hoping to have a good run off Turn 1 and get the lead," Scott said. "Then, I was just praying to get as big of gap as I could so I could get a cushion. I felt like he (Busch) was a little bit faster than us, and I felt like we were faster than everybody else. He was a tough car."
"I'm not sure if I got crowded a little bit by Joey or just got loose," Busch said. "We essentially just slid up the race track. I was using Joey for all it was worth and, luckily, we didn't crash together, or I didn't spin out or anything like that. Brian Scott went by me and then I had to go to work. I had to put the driver hat on and go back and try to get him."
Busch briefly dropped back to third, behind Logano, but Busch's No. 54 car was still running strong and passed Logano for second with three laps to go. One lap later, on the back straight-away, Busch worked his way past Scott to lead once again. From there, it was Busch's race, finishing the 100 laps in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 26 seconds.
"I was faster than he was, but he was doing a lot of blocking and a lot of line running that we don't typically run to block the air, which is fine," Busch said. "That's what you're supposed to do. If you're going to take all my air, then the air you're taking I'm going to pack back on you. So, I made him loose and got by him."
"I was a little too cautious on the corner entry," Scott said. "I was just making sure I got as low as I could to not give him any clean air. I thought that was going to be more beneficial. I slowed just a little bit into one and that allowed him to get up to my bumper and hit me and get me loose and up the race track."
The win was Busch's eighth for the year in the Nationwide series and 59th in his career. His previous best finish at the track was second, in last year's Brickyard 400.
"We definitely had a fast race car today," he said. "We came up here and tested for a day to get a basis on some of these bigger race tracks and something we can use on this mile-and-a-half year. We struggled at Michigan, so we figured Indy could help us and also help us for our mile-and-a-half stuff. I felt like we learned some things, which was good, and it all paid off here this weekend."
1. Kyle Busch Toyota 100 Running
2. Brian Scott Chevrolet 100 Running
3. Joey Logano Ford 100 Running
4. Brian Vickers Toyota 100 Running
5. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 100 Running
6. Paul Menard Chevrolet 100 Running
7. Matt Kenseth Toyota 100 Running
8. Kevin Swindell* Ford 100 Running
9. Michael Annett Ford 100 Running
10. Travis Pastrana Ford 100 Running
11. Kyle Larson* Chevrolet 100 Running
12. Austin Dillon Chevrolet 100 Running
13. Elliott Sadler Toyota 100 Running
14. Nelson Piquet Jr.* Chevrolet 100 Running
15. Alex Bowman* Toyota 100 Running
16. Trevor Bayne Toyota 100 Running
17. Cole Whitt Toyota 100 Running
18. Parker Kligeman Toyota 100 Running
19. Regan Smith Chevrolet 100 Running
20. Kyle Fowler Ford 100 Running
21. David Starr Chevrolet 100 Running
22. Mike Wallace Chevrolet 100 Running
23. Joe Nemechek Toyota 100 Running
24. Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 100 Running
25. Landon Cassill Chevrolet 99 Running
26. Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 99 Running
27. Johanna Long Chevrolet 99 Running
28. Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 98 Running
29. Tanner Berryhill Toyota 98 Running
30. Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 98 Running
31. Eric McClure Toyota 95 Running
32. Ken Butler Toyota 90 Transmission
33. Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 81 Running
34. Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 64 Overheating
35. Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 59 Overheating
36. Mike Bliss Toyota 41 Engine
37. J.J. Yaley Chevrolet 7 Electrical
38. David Green Toyota 6 Transmission
39. Josh Wise Chevrolet 6 Rear Gear
40. Jeff Green Toyota 4 Vibration
Time of Race - 1 hour, 51 minutes, 26 seconds
Average Speed - 134.810 miles per hour
Margin of Victory - 2.141 seconds
Cautions - 4 for 18 laps
Lead Changes - 6 among 4 drivers