NNS: Kurt Busch Ousted Johnson On Final Restart At GlenAugust 13, 2011 No Comments
Kurt Busch gained control of the lead for the final time, from his brother, with just four laps left to win Saturday’s Zippo 200 Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International.
Busch ran away from nemesis Jimmie Johnson over the last two laps – a green-white-checkered finish – and edged Johnson to score the win. For Busch, this is exactly the finish he had hoped for.
Busch, who was substituting for the injured Brad Keselowski, was running close on fuel but said he didn’t give that a second thought during the run to the finish.
“I didn’t know where we were on fuel and didn’t really care about it,” he said. “You just kind of go off your hip and shoot. I knew it was going to be a fight to the finish.”
The entire race changed with just three laps to go, as Eric McClure and rookie Casey Roderick were involved in a crash, causing only the second caution of the race. As this was beneficial to the field, it was not however for Kurt Busch as his lead was wiped clean.
That set up a green-white-checkered finish, with Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Johnson, and Kyle Busch leading the field to the restart. The lineup put Johnson starting behind Kurt Busch, the pair having feuded recently.
It didn’t take long for Johnson to take over P2 on the restart, as Edwards spun his tires causing him to drop several spots. Even though Johnson was right behind Busch going into the first few turns, he didn’t have enough to make a move that would have sent him to Victory Lane instead of his arch nemesis, Busch.
Following the winner and Johnson in the top five were Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Edwards.
The Busch brothers dominated the race, sharing the front of the pack with Edwards in the early going.
|15||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|21||21||Tim George Jr.|
|29||81||Blake Koch *|
|31||15||Timmy Hill *|
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