Busch proves just how good he is: The Helluva Good! 200 Race Roundup

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As one of only three leaders throughout the race (others were Denny Hamlin for 11 and Brad Keselowski for 3) Kyle Busch dominated Saturday’s Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway for 191 laps via nascar-assets.americaneagle.comCredit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR



If you missed this race, I hope it was for something important.

Not only did you miss a great finish, and another great win by Kyle Busch, but you also missed Denny Hamlin receiving some Kansas Style Payback!

On a late restart Clint Bowyer didn't get moving as fast as Kyle Busch.  Hamlin was right behind Bowyer's 21 Zaxby's Chevy.  We still have no idea what exactly happened.  Either Bowyer missed a shift, or spun the tires or just wasn't as fast as everyone else.  Hamlin stayed on him instead of shooting to the inside of him and passing, thus hitting Bowyer shooting him into the outside wall and collecting Kasey Kahne.

Paul Menard and Chad McCumbee also were involved.

During the caution laps, and this was very funny to watch unfold, the cameras caught Bowyer driving around the apron, but the announcers were busy talking about something else then the camera cuts to Bowyer, who now has fresh damage on the side of his car.  The booth is stunned.  "How did that happen?"  Then the camera cuts to Denny Hamlin turned to the side.  Suddenly everything makes sense.  As the replay showed, Bowyer came back out Days of Thunder style to wreck Hamlin.

Bowyer may not have ended Hamlin's day, but he sure as heck cost Denny any shot he would have had at winning.  Hamlin would have started right inside of leader Kyle Busch.  Instead we got the very anticlimactic Reed Sorenson, who had already proved he was no match for the Gibbs cars, starting inside.  Kyle breezed to the win.  I actually like Reed, but his car wasn't strong that day.  I would have liked to see what Newman could have done next to Kyle on a restart. 

Results and Points after the JUMP!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Combos Toyota 205 Running
2 9 1 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Foundation Chevy 205 Running
3 27 88 Jamie McMurray K'Nex Chevy 205 Running
4 14 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Stores Toyota 205 Running
5 20 10 Jason Leffler ABF U-Pack Moving Toyota 205 Running
6 10 33 Kevin Harvick Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy 205 Running
7 3 22 Brad Keselowski Ruby Tuesday Dodge 205 Running
8 7 27 Greg Biffle Red Man Moist Snuff Ford 205 Running
9 17 11 Brian Scott # AccuDoc Solutions Toyota 205 Running
10 16 16 Colin Braun # Con-way Ford 205 Running
11 4 60 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 205 Running
12 2 20 Denny Hamlin Food Lion Toyota 205 Running
13 11 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Casino and Hotel Toyota 205 Running
14 15 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 205 Running
15 33 15 Michael Annett Germain.com Toyota 205 Running
16 29 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless Dodge 205 Running
17 28 34 Tony Raines Continental Fire & Safety Chevy 205 Running
18 6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # CitiFinancial Ford 205 Running
19 19 43 Scott Lagasse Jr. Nashville Red Cross Ford 203 Running
20 13 7 Landon Cassill GoDaddy.com Chevy 202 Running
21 38 28 Kenny Wallace Blue Ox Chevy 202 Running
22 31 40 Mike Bliss Strutmasters.com Chevy 202 Running
23 21 05 Willie Allen 31-W Insulation Chevy 202 Running
24 42 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford 200 Running
25 12 21 Clint Bowyer Zaxby's Chevy 199 Parked
26 40 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Chevy 199 Running
27 5 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Toyota 198 Accident
28 24 98 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Ford 198 Accident
29 23 99 Trevor Bayne Diamond Waltrip Racing Toyota 198 Accident
30 39 81 Michael McDowell MOBILE-Shop Dodge 197 Running
31 36 70 Mark Green Cartridge World/Matthew R. Horowitz CPA Chevy 197 Running
32 18 09 Chad McCumbee RAB Racing Ford 195 Accident
33 26 35 Jason Keller TriStar Motorsports Chevy 184 Running
34 37 01 Mike Wallace One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Chevy 168 Water Pump
35 41 23 Robert Richardson Jr. R3 Motorsports Chevy 147 Engine
36 30 61 Josh Wise Specialty Racing Ford 102 Overheating
37 34 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus Chevy 55 Brakes
38 22 56 Kevin Lepage RaceDaySponsor.com Chevy 31 Wheel Bearing
39 35 73 Johnny Chapman Charter/Courtesy Rx Dodge 27 Brakes
40 32 90 Chase Miller D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 24 Electrical
41 43 52 Kevin Hamlin Harrington Raceway & Casino Chevy 10 Brakes
42 25 92 Brian Keselowski K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 5 Vibration
43 8 91 David Gilliland D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 1 Ignition

 

With this win, and the one on Sunday, Kyle was able to become the first driver since Harry Gant to win both Dover Cup and Nationwide (then Busch) series races in one weekend.  Congrats Kyle.  The win also put Kyle back in 2nd place, where he will soon fall from once he is pulled from the car.  I still don't understand why JGR is pulling Kyle out of that car, right now as it stands they could win the Championship!

Here's the updated points:

1 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge Roger Penske 1,766
2 18 Kyle Busch Interstate/Z-Line Toyota Joe Gibbs 1,755
3 33 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's/Rheem Chevy Delana Harvick 1,702
4 60 Carl Edwards Copart/Fastenal Ford Jack Roush 1,546
5 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Dodge Roger Penske 1,521
6 98 Paul Menard Menards Ford Jack Roush 1,404
7 27 Greg Biffle (PC) Red Man Moist Ford Baker Curb 1,239
8 20 Joey Logano GameStop/Rudy's Toyota Joe Gibbs 1,228
9 10 Jason Leffler  ABF/Great Clips Toyota Todd Braun 1,204
10 11 Brian Scott AccuDoc Toyota Harry Scott Jr 1,181
11 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel Toyota Rusty Wallace 1,164
12 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy Bob Jenkins 1,161
13 66 Stephen Wallace 5 Hour Energy Toyota Rusty Wallace 1,144
14 99 Trevor Bayne Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Daimond Waltrip 1,123
15 15 Michael Annett Hype Energy/Pilot Toyota Bob Germain 1,095
16 43 Scott Lagasse Jr Dr G Mall Ford Baker Curb 1,076
17 28 Kenny Wallace Federated Auto Parts Chevy Jay Robinson 1,058
18 01 Mike Wallace Monster Deisel Chevy Lori Davis 1,006
19 87 Joe Nemechek DAB Constructors Chevy Andrea Nemechek 955
20 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Toyota Todd Braun 953
21 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford Ed Rensi 948
22 81 Michael McDowell D.H. Griffin Dodge Pat MacDonald 941
23 1 James Beuscher Pheonix Chevy James Finch 903
24 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Citi Financial Ford Jack Roush 891
25 40 Mike Bliss Key Motorsports Chevy Curtis Key Sr. 871
26 35 Jason Keller Upillar.com Chevy Mark Smith 776
27 88 Jamie McMurray Hellmanns Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr. 771
28 16 Colin Braun Con-Way Freight Ford Jack Roush 760
29 26 Brian Keselowski K-Motorsports Dodge Bob Keselowski 747
30 32 Brian Vickers Dollar General/Beringer Toyota Todd Braun 733
31 10 Kelly Bires Toyota Todd Braun 673
32 61 Josh Wise Specialty Racing Ford Charlie Shoffner 660
33 23 Robert Richardson Mahindra Tractors Chevy Robert Richardson 591
34 21 Clint Bowyer Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 566
35 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel Chevy Mary Louise Miller 546
36 05 Willie Allen 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 519
37 20 Denny Hamlin Interstate/Z-Line Toyota Joe Gibbs 502
38 21 John Wes Townley Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 484
39 70 Mark Green Chevy Mary Louise Miller 470
40 09 Scott Riggs RAB Ford Jay Robinson 465
41 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Toyota Ralph Braun 432
42 89 Morgan Shepherd Racing W/ Jesus Dodge Cindy Shepherd 429
43 27 Scott Wimmer Red Man Moist Ford Baker Curb 422
44 56 Kevin Lepage Revolucion Chevy John McNelly 408
45 07 Danny Efland Shred 360 Chevy Thomas Efland 368
46 73 Derrike Cope Asset Protect Dodge Derrike Cope 345
47 23 Coleman Pressley R3 Chevy Robert Richardson 297
48 23 Johnny Sauter R3 Chevy Robert Richardson 291
49 92 Dennis Setzer K-Motorsports Dodge Kay Keselowski 285
50 7 Landon Cassill GoDaddy.com Chevy Rick Hendrick 270
51 41 Stanton Barrett Fuel Doctor Chevy Rick Ware 269
52 39 Danny O'Quinn Blow Bros. Archie St. Hilaire 254
53 7 Steve Arpin GoDaddy.com Chevy Rick Hendrick 249
54 83 Johnny Borneman III Red Line Oil Dodge John Borneman Jr. 244
55 91 David Gilliland MSRP Chevy DHM 237
56 10 David Reutimann Beringer Toyota Todd Braun 227
57 42 Parker Kligerman Smith Ironworks Dodge Eddie Smith 225
58 09 Chad McCumbee RAB Ford Jay Robinson 216
59 16 Matt Kenseth Coupons.com Ford Jack Roush 207
60 40 Jeff Green (PC) BadBoyBuggies Chevy Curtis Key Sr. 197
61 4 Tony Stewart Ritz/Oreo Chevy Tony Stewart 195
62 75 Bobby Gerhart Lucas Oil Chevy Bob Schacht 191
63 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevy Rick Hendrick 183
64 1 Ryan Newman   James Finch 170
65 04 Jeremy Clements Bourdreaux Butt Paste Chevy Johnny Davis 161
66 73 Johnny Chapman Asset Protect Dodge Derrike Cope 144
67 0 Chrissy Wallace Chevy Johnny Davis 125
68 09 Patrick Sheltra RAB Ford Jay Robinson 114
69 02 Andy Ponstein Carlocate.com Chevy Corrie Stott 100
70 09 Jason Bowles Sunrise Ford Jay Robinson 88
71 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hellmanns Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr. 81
72 05 Victor Gonzalez Jr 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 76
73 21 Casey Mears Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 70
74 09 Hermie Sadler TNA Wrestling Ford Jay Robinson 67
75 10 Mikey Kile Toyota Todd Braun 64
76 05 David Starr 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 61
77 71 Justin Lofton Weekend Warriors TV.com Toyota Tom Deloach 52
78 31 Donnie Neuenberger Plan B Technologies Rick Ware 49
79 10 Chad Blount Toyota Todd Braun 43
80 90 Chase Miller MSRP Chevy DHM 43
81 52 Kevin Hamlin I-Hop Chevy Jimmy Means 40
82 04 Brad Teague Chevy Gene Vess 37
83 52 Tim Shendel Ford Jimmy Means 0
84 52 Chris Lawson Ford Jimmy Means 0
85 58 Marc Davis Cavi Clothing/Macy's Chevy Jon Cohen 0
86 75 Brett Rowe MotorsportsRetro.com Dodge Dana Tomes 0
87 91 Stephen Leicht MSRP Chevy DHM 0
88 97 Jeff Fuller Chevy Andrea Nemechek 0
88 04 Tim Schendel Chevy Johnny Davis 0
89 18 Brad Coleman Z-Line Toyota Joe Gibbs 0
90 47 Marcos Ambrose Kwik Fill/Zippo Toyota JTG Daugherty 0
91 7 J. R. Fitzpatrick Schick Canada Chevy Rick Hendrick 0

Colin Braun did something this week that even Matt Kenseth couldn't.  He put the 16 Ford into the top 30 in owner points.  Braun will be guaranteed a starting spot at Charlotte in two weeks, Michael McDowell and his 81 Dodge will not.

Here's how things stand at the bottom of the Owners Points:

 

26 40 Mike Bliss/Jeff Green (PC) Key Motorsports Chevy Curtis Key Sr. 986
27 09 Scott Riggs/Jason Bowles/Chad McCumbee/Patrick Sheltra/Hermie Sadler TNA Ford Jay Robinson 975
28 16 Colin Braun/Matt Kenseth Con-Way Freight Ford Jack Roush 967
29 87 Joe Nemechek DAB Constructors Chevy Andrea Nemechek 955
30 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford Ed Rensi 948
31 81 Michael McDowell D.H. Griffin Dodge Pat MacDonald 941
32 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Citi Financial Ford Jack Roush 891
33 35 Jason Keller Upillar.com Chevy Mark Smith 851
34 70 Shelby Howard/Mark Green Foretravel Chevy Mary Louise Miller 821
35 26 Brian Keselowski K-Motorsports Dodge Bob Keselowski 808

 

Nemechek or McClure might be in trouble.  McDowell seems to get better finishes than he should, and Stenhouse has begun to finish better and better.

 

Without a Nationwide Series race this weekend, you will just have to settle for the All Star Race, and a Truck Series race.  I will have a Charlotte Preview next week for the Nationwide guys.  Tune in May 29th, at 2pm eastern time for the second straight race on ABC.  It will be the Tech-Net Auto Service 300 from Charlotte, North Carolina.  Enjoy!

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