Busch joins the 100 club, crowns himself King: The New England 200 Review

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, poses by his car in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16 in Loudon, N.H. Busch's win at New Hampshire was his 49th Nationwide Series win and also his 100th win in NASCAR. Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

Well, It was a wild one, but one we saw coming.  Kyle Busch won his 100th NASCAR race, spread across three series (22 Cup Races, 29 Trucks Races, and 49 Nationwide Races).  Those 49 wins also tied Mark Martin for most in the Nationwide Series.  Busch outran Ricky Stenhouse and a host of others, and survived a wild wreck at the end of the race that saw Brian Scott check up into his friend Steve Wallace that set off a multi-car wreck. 

Busch now sets his sights on winning a Cup Series championship, something he has yet to do.  Kyle has probably locked himself into the Hall of Fame.  The Haters claim that Busch doesn't deserve to be in the Hall because so many of those wins are in the Nationwide Series.  Those people should take a look at what the Hall of Fame really is, it's not the Sprint Cup Hall of Fame after all - it's the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  I submit for you, Dale Inman, Crew Chief.  Not a driver.  Not a Sprint Cup Champion driver, but a Cup Champion Crew Chief.  Glen Wood is also in for being owner of the 98 time winner Wood Brothers Racing.  Bud Moore, car owner, Richie Evans is Whelen Modified and National Modified champion.  Evans never raced in the Cup Series by the way.  Winning 100 races across NASCAR should make Busch a future Hall of Famer.  Plus, the guy is a year younger then me, and has about 15 or more good years ahead of him.  I suspect we will be counting down to win number 200 before to long.

Results and more after the Jump!

 

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 5 18 Kyle Busch(i) Z-Line Designs Toyota 206 Running
2 2 33 Kevin Harvick(i) Rheem Heating Chevy 206 Running
3 12 7 Kasey Kahne(i) GoDaddy.com/Verisign Chevy 206 Running
4 14 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fenway Park 100 Years Ford 206 Running
5 4 88 Aric Almirola Grand Touring Vodka Chevy 206 Running
6 13 09 Kenny Wallace Toyota Toyota 206 Running
7 18 62 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Toyota 206 Running
8 1 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Ruby Tuesday Dodge 206 Running
9 17 66 Steve Wallace 5-Hour Energy Toyota 206 Running
10 8 31 Justin Allgaier Wolfpack Rentals Chevy 206 Running
11 16 87 Joe Nemechek D.A.B. Constructors, Inc. Toyota 206 Running
12 15 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy 206 Running
13 7 16 Trevor Bayne NESN Ford 206 Running
14 20 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Chevy 206 Running
15 6 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevy 206 Running
16 19 30 Mikey Kile Battery Tender Chevy 206 Running
17 9 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota 206 Running
18 25 81 Blake Koch # DayStar.com Dodge 205 Running
19 26 51 Jeremy Clements racedaysponsor.com Chevy 205 Running
20 23 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds Chevy 204 Running
21 27 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Chevy 202 Running
22 28 40 Charles Lewandoski # Key Motorsports Chevy 202 Running
23 24 15 Timmy Hill # Rick Ware Racing Ford 202 Running
24 36 52 Kevin Lepage TRX Alliance/Metro Ministries Chevy 202 Running
25 39 44 Angela Cope Horizon Entertainment Chevy 200 Running
26 35 39 Matt Frahm Gilchrist Steel Ford 198 Running
27 22 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevy 196 Accident
28 21 67 Andrew Ranger Go Canada Racing Ford 196 Accident
29 3 20 Joey Logano(i) GameStop/Captain America Toyota 196 Accident
30 11 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy 176 Running
31 31 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence.com Chevy 112 Engine
32 34 70 Dennis Setzer Bubba Bear Dodge 110 Ignition
33 30 23 David Green R3 Motorsports Chevy 109 Ignition
34 10 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal/LENOX Ford 56 Engine
35 42 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb # JJCR Dodge 45 Engine
36 40 41 Carl Long Rick Ware Racing Ford 37 Start and Park
37 29 74 Mike Harmon IPT Pellet Grills Chevy 25 Start and Park
38 38 75 Johnny Chapman Rick Ware Racing Chevy 12 Start and Park
39 33 46 Chase Miller Key Motorsports Chevy 9 Start and Park
40 41 04 Danny Efland Go Green Racing Ford 7 Start and Park
41 32 42 Tim Andrews Key Motorsports Chevy 7 Start and Park
42 37 47 Scott Wimmer Key Motorsports Chevy 5 Start and Park

 

Bad luck seems to follow the Nationwide only drivers.  Sorenson and Sadler both got wrecked but managed to finish the race.  Stenhouse would up with another top 5, and closed the gap on Sadler.  Here's how the best battle in Nascar is going:

Pos Car Driver Points Wins
1 2 Elliott Sadler 673 0
2 32 Reed Sorenson 666 1
3 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 655 1
4 31 Justin Allgaier 632 1
5 88 Aric Almirola 592 0
6 38 Jason Leffler 582 0
7 09 Kenny Wallace 571 0
8 66 Steve Wallace 525 0
9 62 Michael Annett 520 0
10 11 Brian Scott 510 0

 

Not much changed in the Owner's Battle.  Joe Gibbs still rules the roost after Busch brought home the trophy.  Here's how things look:

 

Pos Car # Owner Points
1 18 Joe Gibbs 722
2 32 Sandra Turner 695
3 2 Delana Harvick 673
4 60 Jack Roush 662
5 6 Jack Roush 655
6 33 Delana Harvick 650
7 22 Roger Penske 637
8 31 Steve Turner 632
9 20 Joe Gibbs 630
10 7 Kelley Earnhardt 599

 

And the stagnant locked in battle:

 

Pos Car # Owner Points
31 23 Robert Richardson Sr. 301
32 40 Curtis Key Sr. 268
33 52 Jimmy Means 261
34 141 Rick Ware 205
35 12 Roger Penske 159
36 44 Mark Smith 120

 

Next week we head to Lebanon, TN for the race at Nashville Speedway.  Join us later in the week for a preview of the event!  Enjoy!

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