Busch Steals a Win in Wreck Filled Slugfest: The NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 Review

Kyle Busch performs a burnout after winning the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

It took two Green-White-Checkerds before a winner was crowned.  Turner Motorsports was involved in all three wrecks that led to them.  In the end, it came down to Kyle Busch being pushed by Joey Logano, Joe Nemechek being pushed by Brad Keselowski and Justin Allgaier being pushed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Busch and Logano edged Nemechek and Keselowski just as Mike Wallace, who was loose the entire race, got turned by Elliott Sadler. 

 Wallace spun back into Jason Leffler and the hit sent him airborne.  The race ended under caution, and Kyle Busch was declared the winner.  Busch was damaged in the big one, and was a non-factor until the end.  It was Kyle's first win at Talladega in the Nationwide Series.

I, for one, really didn't like the ending to this race. Thanks to the G-W-C ruling, we never got to see Busch race back to the line. Since they took the White flag, as soon as the caution came out, we were official.  Elliott Sadler, Joe Nemechek, and Trevor Bayne were all there at the end, and still a Cup regular won the Nationwide race.  We only have three Cup drivers who have attempted all seven races, yet the Nationwide guys still go winless.  I may be sounding like a broken record here, but Nascar's new points system doesn't go far enough. 


Results and Points after the Jump!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 22 18 Kyle Busch(i) Z-Line Designs Toyota 124 Running
2 7 20 Joey Logano(i) GameStop / Mortal Kombat Toyota 124 Running
3 20 87 Joe Nemechek ExtenZe Toyota 124 Running
4 16 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire Dodge 124 Running
5 1 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy 124 Running
6 5 16 Trevor Bayne RickyvsTrevor.com Ford 124 Running
7 17 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy 124 Running
8 3 7 Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i) Suave Men Chevy 124 Running
9 13 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevy 124 Running
10 10 88 Aric Almirola Grand Touring Vodka Chevy 124 Running
11 23 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota 124 Running
12 35 40 Scott Wimmer Key Motorsports Chevy 124 Running
13 12 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Alliance Dodge 124 Running
14 34 15 Timmy Hill # Rick Ware Racing Ford 124 Running
15 9 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy 124 Running
16 32 82 Blake Koch # RIzeUp.us / Daystar.com Dodge 124 Running
17 6 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal Ford 124 Running
18 27 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevy 124 Running
19 8 62 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J Toyota 122 Running
20 31 81 Donnie Neuenberger Eagle Convenience Stores Dodge 121 Running
21 36 52 Danny Efland TRX Alliance Chevy 121 Running
22 2 33 Clint Bowyer(i) Rheem.com Chevy 120 Running
23 15 30 James Buescher(i) ABF U-Pack Moving Chevy 118 Accident
24 41 51 Jeremy Clements Co-ops USA Chevy 110 Running
25 19 09 Kenny Wallace Family Farmers Toyota 109 Electrical
26 25 14 Eric McClure Hefty Black Out / Reynolds Chevy 109 Running
27 38 28 Derrike Cope Jay Robinson Racing Chevy 104 Running
28 26 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Wildlife Conservation Society Dodge 103 Running
29 43 70 Dennis Setzer ML Motorsports Chevy 100 Running
30 40 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy 98 Rear Axle
31 39 39 Josh Wise Cajun Industries Ford 92 Accident
32 18 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 88 Accident
33 24 99 Michael Waltrip(i) Aaron's Coloring Contest Toyota 87 Accident
34 4 1 Jamie McMurray(i) Phoenix Construction Chevy 87 Accident
35 29 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Chevy 87 Accident
36 21 21 Tim George Jr Applebee's Chevy 87 Accident
37 33 41 Jennifer Jo Cobb # Rick Ware Racing Ford 87 Accident
38 14 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Blackwell Angus Ford 68 Accident
39 11 4 Kevin Harvick(i) Armour Vienna Sausage Chevy 21 Engine
40 28 74 Mike Harmon Riverwalk Cafe Chevy 11 Ignition
41 42 79 Tim Andrews Howard Johnson Ford 4 Rear End
42 37 68 Carl Long Marro's Truck Ford 2 Electrical
43 30 44 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Chevy 1 Vibration
        Did Not Finish    
        (i)- Not Running For Championship    

I love how everyone seems to hate Talladega when they crash, but suddenly love it when they win.  It's great to see guys like Mike Wallace, Joe Nemechek and Scott Wimmer up in the top 15 for most of the day.  Ricky Stenhouse's crash killed his championship momentum.  Here's the battle for the Nationwide Championship:

Rank # Driver Sponsor Make Owner Points
1 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy Turner Motorsports 233
2 31 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevy Turner Motorsports 231
3 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc. 228
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Blackwell Angus Ford Roush Fenway 225
5 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevy Turner Motorsports 224
6 88 Aric Almirola Ragu/Grand Touring Chevy JR Motorsports 222
7 16 Trevor Bayne Ford Drive One Ford Roush Fenway 221
8 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 206
9 09 Kenny Wallace UNOH Toyota RAB Racing 184
10 87 Joe Nemechek ExtenZe/Host Gator Chevy Nemco Motorsports 169

With another Gibbs 1-2 finish, both teams are leading the Owner's Championship Standings.  Don't count out Turner Motorsports yet.  Here's the Battle for Owner's Championship:

Rank # Driver Sponsor Make Owner Points
1 20 Joey Logano Gamestop Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 267
2 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 254
3 60 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford Roush Fenway 251
4 33 Clint Bowyer Rheem/Menards Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc. 247
5 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevy Turner Motorsports 245
6 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy Turner Motorsports 239
7 31 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevy Turner Motorsports 231
8 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc. 228
9 30 James Buescher ABF Chevy Turner Motorsports 227
10 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Blackwell Angus Ford Roush Fenway 225

Scott Wimmer managed to stay out of trouble and finish 12th.  With that, he managed to leapfrog up in Owner Points.  The #40 team is locked into Nashville, while the #89 team will have to qualify on time if there is more then 43 cars entered.  Here's the Battle for the top 30 in Owner Points:

Rank # Driver Sponsor Make Owner Points
27 28 Derrike Cope Prevention Plan Chevy Jay Robinson Racing 123
28 40 Scott Wimmer   Chevy Key Motorsports 123
29 39 Josh Wise Blow Bros./Cajun Industries Ford Go Green Racing 121
30 23 Robert Richardson Wildlife Foundation Dodge R3 Motorsports 111
31 89 Morgan Shepherd The Salvation Army Chevy Faith Motorsports 110
32 70 David Stremme Foretravel Ford ML Motorsports 107
33 52 Danny Efland TaxSlayer.com Chevy Jimmy Means Racing 99
34 41 Jennifer Jo Cobb Fuel Doctor Ford Rick Ware Racing 84

Next week the Nationwide Series heads to Nashville.  The Cup guys have that weekend off, which means we will probably see a large number of them make the trip to Nashville.  Join us later in the week for a preview of the Nashville 300!  Enjoy!

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