JOLIET, IL – SEPT. 14: Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14, 2013 in Joliet, Ill. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
On a day in which drivers were told to give 100% on the track, Kyle Busch did just that as he put on a clinic during Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Leading 195 of the 200 laps, Busch cruised to his 10th Nationwide Series victory of the season.
Just how good has Rowdy been in the Nationwide Series this year? Kansas Speedway dropped this little stat to drive home the point.
While Busch was celebrating in Victory Lane, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Elliott Sadler may have been realizing his title hopes are slipping away. Already 28 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr. going into the race, Sadler was hit from behind as he slowed for pit road late in the running of Saturday’s race.
The incident resulted in a 19th-place finish, dropping Sadler even further behind in the standings, now 44 points behind Hornish with only seven races left in the season.
The hard charger of Saturday’s race was certainly Turner Scott Motorsports’ Kyle Larson. After spinning in qualifying, Larson was forced to race his way through the field from the 39th starting spot.
With a heavy right foot and a fast car, Larson wasted no time getting to the front. Just as it appeared Larson may contend for the win, a issue with the left rear led to a tire rub that eventually caused the tire to blow.
Before the issue caused the caution, Brad Keselowski seemed a little cynical on Twitter about the tire rub.
Hmm. LR tire rub on another turner car.
Wish I knew why…