Defending champ Kyle Busch wins at Charlotte! Busch went a lap down after an early green flag pit stop, and fell back another lap after getting a speeding penalty, but regrouped with the field after cautions and went on to take lead the last 64 laps culminating in the win.
Today’s TECH-NET Auto Service 300 powered by CARQUEST at Charlotte got underway with #60 Carl Edwards on the pole, and rookie #99 Trevor Bayne alongside. Edwards would take the early lead, and the first yellow came out just four laps in, with a wreck in Turn 2 involving #01 Mike Wallace, #7 Steve Arpin, #70 Mark Green, and #98 Paul Menard. Edwards would continue to lead on the lap 7 restart, but green-flag racing was short as two laps later another portion of the field was collected in an incident involving #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #09 Chad McCumbee, #15 Michael Annett, #91 David Gilliland, and #62 Brendan Gaughan. Gaughan’s car filled with carbon monoxide, and he was done for the day while Mark Green took over his driver duties. #22 Brad Keselowski took over the lead on lap 16, and by lap 50 of the scheduled 200 lap event the top-ten were Keselowski, #38 Kasey Kahne, #27 Greg Biffle, #12 Justin Allgaier, #20 Joey Logano, #1 Ryan Newman, #33 Kevin Harvick, #60 Carl Edwards, #32 Reed Sorenson, and #10 Jason Leffler. The race was caution-free up until the halfway point when the top-ten were Keselowski, Newman, Biffle, Logano, Leffler, Harvick, Busch, Sorenson, Edwards and Allgaier.
Busch would make his way back from his two-lap deficit to take the lead on lap 139, just as Trevor Bayne brought out the yellow for a spin on track; he would bring out another caution on lap 188 when he wrecked in turn 4. At this point there were thirteen cars left on the lead lap. All these cars would choose to pit, save two-race leader Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski. Of those who came in, off pit road the order ran Logano, Newman, Biffle, McMurray, Leffler, Bowyer, Edwards, and Harvick.
On the double-file restart with 9 laps to go, Busch took the lead, as behind him, the #16 Brian Ickler got loose, and collided with #66 Steven Wallace, bringing out the yellow. The restart with five to go, brought Busch to the front again, and another yellow as #43 Scott Lagasse Jr, and #99 Trevor Bayne both scraped the wall.
Busch would take the lead again for the green white-checkered, with Keselowski right behind. As Busch took the checkered flag, behind him Biffle got squeezed up into the wall. Busch and the #18 team collected their fifth win of the season, and now sit one point behind championship points leader Brad Keselowski. As the Nationwide Series heads into stand-alone events, Busch will forgo the double-duty and focus on Cup. #11 Brian Scott was the top-finishing rookie in the 33rd position.