When you think short tracks, fans and drivers always think of Bristol Motor Speedway. The fastest half mile in the world and that is not a tall tale.
On Saturday night, the NASCAR Nationwide drivers came to the Tennessee hills for a Friday night rumble. Elliott Sadler earned the pole and would lead the field to the green.
It was a clean start to the race where Logano got by Sadler on the start of the race. Kyle Busch quickly found his way to the lead and was setting the pace.
On lap 18 Steve Wallace cut a right rear tire and was forced on pit road. Not the start Wallace was looking for after qualifying fifth. After he made the tire change he had to come back down to pit road for a pass thru penalty.
Caution the waved on lap 56 for debris from Mark Green who cut a tire. This brought most of the leaders to pit road except for Brad Keselowski. Some took two tires others took four tires so the strategy was varied.
On the restart Busch quickly passed Keselowski but things started heating up behind them. Justin Allgaier was struggling and Trevor Bayne, Kasey Kahne took it three wide. They bumped and Allgaier squeezed Kahne up onto the wall.
With that caution a handful of cars hit pit road like Keselowski and Sadler. Some of these drivers would not be hitting pit road for the rest of the night. Caution waved on lap 118 for Ryan Newman who cut a tire and hit the wall hard.
This brought the leaders to pit road again including Keselowski to check the front fenders on his car.
On the restart Carl Edwards led them to green but Sadler wanted the lead. These two did not pit and stayed out. They quickly lost the lead to a hard charging Keselowski, Busch and Clint Bowyer.
On lap 93, Joe Nemechek had cut a tire but then Sean Caisse got into Nemecheck. Bowyer who was the leader of the race didn’t realize Mike Wallace was checking up and Bowyer slammed into him.
Wallace then got collected in Caisse and Nemechek incident. Bowyer suffered a lot of damage and was forced to hit pit road.
Caution waved on lap 188 for Allgaier who got loose and then was hit by Jason Keller. The spring race winners’ chance for victory was over.
There was a great battle for the lead when Busch got loose and hit the outside wall. Battling Keselowski for the lead, Keselowski hit him but Busch got his payback on the very next turn. He spun Keselowski bringing out the caution.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who was in the no. 88 was a lap down early but with less than 20 laps to go found himself in fourth and challenging for the win.
On the restart, Busch and Logano lined up side by side. Logano got loose and involved multiple cars, including Keselowski who suffered damage to the rear of his car.
Clint Bowyer, who was involved in the lap 157 incident, was also among those that received damage.
The race restarted with just 17 laps to go, and Busch just began to pull away when caution came out the following lap for Brendan Gaughan and Brian Scott getting together in turn four.
Ten laps were left when Busch once again led the field to the green. While Jason Leffler battled and eventually passed Sadler for second, Busch was able to leave the field in the dust and collect his 15th NASCAR win in 2010, his tenth in Nationwide.
Leffer, Sadler, Earnhardt, Jr. and Edwards round out the top five. Bowyer rebounded nicely to finish seventh, and Keselowski finished 14th.
Busch won his 10th race of 2010 and he continues to rewrite the NNS record books.
Next week the series heads to Montreal on Sunday, August 29th at 2:00 ET on ESPN2