Busch Brothers Lead Every Lap: The Zippo 200 Review

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 13 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

I'm a very big fan of road races, but this one really made me reconsider.  The only two drivers to lead a lap were race winner Kurt Busch and his brother Kyle.  The top six finishers were all Sprint Cup drivers.  I talked before about the lack of normal Road Ringers in this race - my last article was "Nationwide vs. Road Ringers", I guess it should have been "Nationwide vs. Sprint Cup".  Ron Fellows was the top Nationwide driver, and he's a road ringer.  Aric Almirola was the top Nationwide Championship contender in eighth.

Despite getting some damage at the start of the race, Ricky Stenhouse was still able to hang on to the points lead.  This was just the 12th Nationwide race for Kurt Busch in his career and it was his third win in the series.  It was also his first race in the series since 2007. The only reason Kurt was even in this race was because of Brad Keselowski's busted ankle.  Next week should be much more interesting as we should have more Road Ringers and not quite so many Cup drivers.

Results and Points after the jump.

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 1 22 Kurt Busch(i) Ruby Tuesday/Discount Tire Dodge 85 Running
2 6 7 Jimmie Johnson(i) Jimmie Johnson's Anything with an engine Chevy 85 Running
3 8 20 Joey Logano(i) GameStop Toyota 85 Running
4 2 18 Kyle Busch(i) Z-Line Designs Toyota 85 Running
5 3 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal Ford 85 Running
6 7 33 Paul Menard(i) Rheem/Menards Chevy 85 Running
7 5 5 Ron Fellows Canadian Tire Chevy 85 Running
8 17 88 Aric Almirola Ragu Chevy 85 Running
9 11 16 Trevor Bayne RickyvsTrevor.com Ford 85 Running
10 4 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy 85 Running
11 19 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 85 Running
12 13 31 Justin Allgaier Florida Gulf Safe Chevy 84 Running
13 15 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevy 84 Running
14 16 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota 84 Running
15 12 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. RickyvsTrevor.com Ford 84 Running
16 14 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 84 Running
17 10 30 James Buescher(i) AccuDoc Solutions Chevy 84 Running
18 9 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy 84 Running
19 27 62 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Toyota 83 Running
20 26 1 Mike Wallace JD Motorsports Chevy 83 Running
21 22 21 Tim George Jr. Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevy 83 Running
22 23 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Chevy 83 Running
23 25 23 Alex Kennedy Primalyn Ent/Dream Factory Chevy 82 Running
24 31 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines Chevy 82 Running
25 24 39 Casey Roderick ACU/Randy Hill Racing Ford 82 Running
26 33 97 Kyle Kelley Jamison Chevy 81 Running
27 34 75 Tomy Drissi(i) Alvin & the Chipmunks-Chipwrecked Ford 79 Running
28 39 40 Josh Wise Key Motorsports Chevy 78 Running
29 37 81 Blake Koch # Daystar.com Dodge 77 Running
30 42 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence.com Chevy 69 Transmission
31 32 15 Timmy Hill # Rick Ware Racing Ford 66 Running
32 18 9 Kenny Wallace Toyota Toyota 64 Overheating
33 41 70 Dennis Setzer ML Motorsports Dodge 63 Brakes
34 40 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy 56 Oil Pump
35 35 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds Chevy 53 Accident
36 28 64 Jason Bowles Aspen Dental Toyota 52 Transmission
37 20 53 Andrew Ranger Bollegraaf/Lobo USA Dodge 42 Suspension
38 21 67 J R Fitzpatrick Go Canada Racing Ford 34 Transmission
39 38 52 Dan Clarke couponchad.com Chevy 21 Engine
40 36 49 Mark Green Jay Robinson Racing Chevy 6 Start and Park
41 30 82 JJ Yeley(i) Crusader Staffing Dodge 4 Start and Park
42 29 13 TJ Bell(i) DrivenMale.com Dodge 4 Start and Park
43 43 44 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Chevy 1 Start and Park

 

Jimmie Johnson had a really nice run, but still could not get his second win in the Nationwide Series. 

Pos Car # Driver Points Wins
1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 816 2
2 32 Reed Sorenson 806 1
3 2 Elliott Sadler 792 0
4 88 Aric Almirola 746 0
5 31 Justin Allgaier 736 1
6 38 Jason Leffler 703 0
7 09 Kenny Wallace 686 0
8 66 Steve Wallace 636 0
9 11 Brian Scott 626 0
10 62 Michael Annett 623 0

 

Aric Almirola was able to make up some ground on Ricky Stenhouse and is right back in the fight.

Pos Car # Owner Points
1 18 Joe Gibbs 871
2 32 Sandra Turner 835
3 60 Jack Roush 833
4 6 Jack Roush 816
5 33 Delana Harvick 796
6 2 Delana Harvick 792
7 22 Roger Penske 785
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 746
9 20 Joe Gibbs 740
10 31 Steve Turner 736

 

Nothing much has changed in the top 10 or the top 30 locked in drivers.  As long as we don't have another locked in team miss a race, things will probably stay the same.

Pos Car # Owner Points
31 89 Morgan Shepherd 349
32 40 Curtis Key Sr. 332
33 52 Jimmy Means 319
34 41 Rick Ware * 243
35 12 Roger Penske * 197
36 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb * 144

 

Next week we head back to Montreal for, in my opinion, the second best Road Course behind Road America. Join us later in the week for a preview of the NAPA Auto Parts 200.  Enjoy!

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