Kurt Busch won today's Zippo 200 Nationwide Series race from Watkins Glen as a substitute driver for the injured Brad Keselowski. Kurt was asked to run the race on Tuesday. The team had such a short amount of time to prepare for the race that Kurt had to wear Keselowski's firesuit. Kurt and his brother Kyle dominated today's race as they were the only two drivers to lead laps. Kurt had to hold off Kyle, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson on a green-white-checkered to score the victory.
Jimmie Johnson ended up finishing second to his rival, but it certainly was not an easy day for the 5-time Sprint Cup series champion. He was penalized early when the gasman dropped the fuel can and the car dragged it out of the pit box. Johnson had to go to the back of the pack, but worked his way back up through the field without the aid of cautions.
Joey Logano went from fifth to third on the final restart. He had Max Papis, a veteran road racer coach him around the race track, and it looked like his teachings certainly helped.
Kyle Busch looked to have the only car that could possibly beat his brother, but his strategy was messed up when he got in the grass in the chicane. He had to pit about two laps earlier than scheduled, and that resulted in Kyle running out of gas with three laps to go. However, there were only ten cars on the lead lap so he was still able to restart in the top five on the green-white checkered. Apparently Kyle was not told that it was a green-white-checkered so he did not run as hard as he probably should have which resulted in him finishing fourth.
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