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Kyle Busch wins Nationwide at Chicago

Kyle Busch scored his fifth Nationwide Series victory of the season by dominating the second half of the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

'Rowdy's' win is the twelfth of a dominant year for Joe Gibbs Racing, in which they have already matched the record for victories in one season held by Richard Childress Racing, with fifteen events still remaining on the Nationwide series calendar.

Busch was fortunate not to fall a lap down under caution when he was in the pits on lap 63 and despite falling down the order he quickly made his way back to the front to take the lead of the race on lap 95.

From then on he was unstoppable at the front, basically driving away from his rivals as the race remained under green all the way to the chequered flag. He only gave up the lead during pitstops and crossed the line four seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin.

"This car was good but we just weren't sure how good is was there at the beginning," said Busch, who has now won thirteen NASCAR races this year including his Sprint Cup victories and Craftsman Truck Series victory.

"It's definitely been a phenomenal year for us, this is something special and it doesn't come along in a long time. We're looking forward to hopefully being able to get tomorrow's (Sprint Cup) win too. This weekend is not over yet."

Hamlin was a solid second driving the No. 32 Braun Racing Toyota, followed by Brad Keselowski who was once again by far the best of the Nationwide Series regulars, helping to solidify his second place in the championship.

Brian Vickers recovered from being two laps down to finish fourth following a penalty for speeding on pitroad that he served under green. He was probably the fastest car on the track besides Busch but his early issue hampered his challenge for victory.

Polesitter David Reutimann came home in fourth place after dominating at will for most of the first half of the race. He said he struggled with the handling on his car as the track conditions changed into the night.

"We just couldn't keep up with the racetrack I guess," Reutimann said. "We just seemed to be one step behind all night and we took a big flight there at the end trying to do something to make it a lot better but the car just didn't react the way we needed to, so ended up top-five, but disappointed."

Tony Stewart recovered from early damage to the rear of his car at the start of the race, when he missed a gear and Kevin Harvick got into the back of his No. 20 JGR Toyota. He eventually finished the race in ninth place and will hand driving duties back to Joey Logano for next week's race at Gateway.

Rookie Landon Cassill rounded up the top ten behind Stewart in the second JR Motorsports Chevrolet, which was second-best among the Nationwide regulars.

Dario Franchitti had a disappointing return to the Nationwide Series despite having qualified sixth. He fell two laps down early after a caution flag came out right after he had pitted and then struggled with the handling of his car in the long green-flag periods during the second half of the race. He eventually finished 26th and four laps down.

"You know, again, just one of those tough nights," said Franchitti. "We really weren't quick enough to start. We were loose to start and then we were super-tight. It was like a switch. And then we got behind with that caution.

"We pitted early, the caution came out and we were just about going one lap down when we pitted and then when the caution came out that put us two down. That was bad enough and then we did our usual in the pits and left a lug nut loose for about the tenth time this year and that cost us another lap or two.

"At best it was going to be a 20th-place, I guess. A long night. We just missed it with the Fastenal Dodge. Tough night."

Following Toyota's fourteenth victory of the season out of twenty events, NASCAR impounded nine engines to test them on their dynos at the Research and Development Centre in Concord, North Carolina.

Pos  Driver                 Make       Laps
 1.  Kyle Busch             Toyota      200
 2.  Denny Hamlin           Toyota      200
 3.  Brad Keselowski        Chevrolet   200
 4.  Brian Vickers          Toyota      200
 5.  David Reutimann        Toyota      200
 6.  Greg Biffle            Ford        200
 7.  Clint Bowyer           Chevrolet   200
 8.  Jeff Burton            Chevrolet   200
 9.  Tony Stewart           Toyota      200
10.  Landon Cassill         Chevrolet   200
11.  Mike Bliss             Chevrolet   200
12.  Kelly Bires            Ford        200
13.  David Ragan            Ford        200
14.  Jason Keller           Chevrolet   200
15.  Marcos Ambrose         Ford        198
16.  Carl Edwards           Ford        198
17.  Matt Kenseth           Ford        198
18.  Kevin Harvick          Chevrolet   198
19.  Bobby Hamilton Jr      Ford        198
20.  Mike Wallace           Toyota      197
21.  Elliott Sadler         Dodge       197
22.  Mark Green             Chevrolet   197
23.  David Stremme          Chevrolet   196
24.  Steve Wallace          Chevrolet   195
25.  Josh Wise              Dodge       195
26.  Dario Franchitti       Dodge       195
27.  Kenny Wallace          Chevrolet   194
28.  Jason Leffler          Toyota      193
29.  Robby Gordon           Dodge       193
30.  Brad Coleman           Ford        193
31.  D.J. Kennington        Dodge       191
32.  Eric McClure           Chevrolet   189
33.  Danny Efland           Chevrolet   188
34.  Kevin Lepage           Chevrolet   109
35.  Stanton Barrett        Chevrolet    57
36.  Burney Lamar           Ford         47
37.  Johnny Chapman         Chevrolet    34
38.  Derrike Cope           Chevrolet    31
39.  Andy Ponstein          Chevrolet    30
40.  Kenny Hendrick         Chevrolet    30
41.  Brandon Whitt          Ford         20
42.  Kertus Davis           Chevrolet     9
43.  Larry Gunselman        Chevrolet     7
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