NASCAR: Kyle Busch Dominates Nationwide Race in Phoenix
Kyle Busch wasn't about to let a pit road speeding penalty derail his dominating performance at the Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday.
Busch, who started on pole, led 142 laps of the Dollar General 200 Fueled by AmeriGas. He hadn't won a Nationwide Series race since 2009.
"It was a phenomenal day to Victory Lane, feel the taste of it again," Busch said after the race. "I was almost nervous, feeling like it was my first win even though it was, like, number 52 in the series. It's nice to be back."
Another comeback performance came from series regular Sam Hornish, Jr., who was involved in two separate incidents on Saturday. The nose of his No. 12 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford was clipped by Jamie Dick on lap four, and then Hornish, Jr. spun out in turn two on lap 111. Not only did Hornish, Jr. rebound to finish in the top ten, he is also tied atop the points standings with Justin Allgaier.
Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski finished second to Busch, followed by Allgaier, Trevor Bayne, and Elliott Sadler.
Jimmie Johnson made a rare Nationwide Series start and finished 12th on the day.
After two straight top ten finishes to start off the 2013 season, Brian Scott sits third in points standings.
Kevin Harvick, the defending Cup Series winner in Phoenix, crashed on lap 103 and finished 33rd.
The next time the Nationwide Series hits the track will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Sam's Town 300. Coverage begins Saturday, March 9th at four PM Eastern time on ESPN2.
Thanks to NASCAR on ESPN, NASCAR.com, Racing Reference, and the USA Today for the statistics, quotes and information used in this piece.