March 24, 2013 on FOX
Busch wins Royal Purple 300 Nationwide Series race in
extends his all-time best NASCAR NNS series win mark to
credit: Auto Club Speedway
Busch celebrates his Royal Purple 300 victory at Auto
Club Speedway on March 23, 2013.
Calif. -- Hours after capturing the pole position
for Saturday’s NASCAR NNS Royal Purple 300, Kyle
Busch (No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota) continued his and
Joe Gibbs Racing’s dominance of the 15th-annual
NNS race at Auto Club Speedway.
the pole-sitter, led 92 of the 150 laps to win the Royal
Purple 300 race at Auto Club Speedway for the sixth time
in the past eight years, pushed his all-time leading NNS
race victory total to 54 (over 249 career NNS races),
and extend Joe Gibbs Racing’s record NNS win streak
at the Fontana track to nine.
was really cool. They’re (Joe Gibbs Racing) known
for having great stuff but you still got to wheel it,”
Busch said. “We’ll see if we can do it on
Sunday. I think it’s really, really awkward that
JGR has not won a Cup race here.”
overtook Sam Hornish Jr. and carried the lead the last
25 laps to the checkered flag. The 27-year-old from Las
Vegas entered the winner’s circle on the circuit
for the third time this year and notched his sixth NNS
triumph in 15 races at Auto Club Speedway. Three of those
wins came while riding pole position.
is awesome,” Busch said. “We persevered. The
car was great. It worked really good on the high side.
I don’t think we were the best car today but we
just got up there and chased him down. We got up on the
wheel and just tried to push hard on the top side. I was
able to do a draft move by him. You just got to move around.
I think that’s what makes good drivers good.”
Jr. (No. 12 Wurth Ford), however, took over the NNS points
lead with his second-place finish. Though he led on four
separate occasions, for a total of 28 laps, once he relinquished
the lead to Busch for the final time, Hornish Jr. believed
his car was in no condition to realistically catch Busch
over the last 25 laps.
just didn’t have enough to beat Kyle today,”
Hornish Jr. said. “I didn’t really have much
right rear (tire) to go on. When there’s still smoke
inside the car coming down the back straightaway, I was
worried that we were going to end up with a flat.”
Smith (No. 7 Taxslayer.com Chevrolet) moved up from his
16th starting position to place third. Smith is second
overall in the NNS points standings, 28 points behind
posted a lap time of 40.312 seconds at an average speed
of 178.607 mph Saturday morning to grab the Coors Light
Pole Award. It was his third pole in 15 races at Auto
Club Speedway, his second pole in 2013, and his 28th pole
in 249 career NNS races.
race featured four caution flags (at laps 35, 46, 95 and
111) for a total of 17 laps.
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