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Welcome yet again!  Another Nationwide Race is in the books, and it's time for some Start and Park Reporting (heh).  Future Nascar Hall of Famer Kyle Busch put on another show for everyone in Chicagoland as he won his 37th career Nationwide Race, and his 7th of the year.  All 7 of these wins are in fact meaningless to everyone but Kyle, his team and sponsors.  And his beautiful fiancee.  Did you see Sam?  Wowsa.  With Kyle not running the full season, he will probably come very short of winning the Championship. 

I'm pretty sure that I've mentioned how frustrating for me not having have Busch running full time.  Not counting the 34th place DNF at Talladega, Busch has only 2 finishes outside the top 10 in his 15 starts.  An 18th place finish at Daytona to start the year, and a 16th place finish at Las Vegas.  Busch has completed 99.7 % of his laps with the Talladega DNF being the only time he wasn't on the lead lap.  Of course, Brad Keselowski has only failed to complete one lap, and that was Friday's race. 

I will not be able to get through a post without mentioning Penelope Pitstop.  Danica had her best finish of the year!  It was 24th.  See what I did there?  I brought you up, only to slam you back down.  Patrick was 2 laps down, so she has yet to finish on the lead lap in 5 starts.  That's not me being mean. That's just cold hard fact.  We have 8 more races with Miss Patrick.  So she still has a chance to prove that she belongs in Nationwide.

Results and more after the JUMP!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 8 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota 203 Running
2 5 20 Joey Logano GameStop Toyota 203 Running
3 18 11 Brian Scott # AccuDoc Solutions Toyota 203 Running
4 29 10 David Reutimann Beringer Vineyards Toyota 203 Running
5 19 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 203 Running
6 4 60 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 203 Running
7 1 33 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevy 203 Running
8 20 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Toyota 203 Running
9 9 88 Jamie McMurray Suave for Men Chevy 203 Running
10 11 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless Dodge 203 Running
11 16 98 Paul Menard Richmond / Menards Ford 203 Running
12 23 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 203 Running
13 25 42 Parker Kligerman # Pelletier Brothers, Inc. / GetMoreVacations.com Dodge 203 Running
14 36 15 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers Toyota 203 Running
15 33 87 Joe Nemechek HostGator.com Chevy 203 Running
16 35 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota 203 Running
17 21 16 Colin Braun # Con-way Freight Ford 203 Running
18 31 40 Mike Bliss PhillipsChevy.com Chevy 203 Running
19 6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # CitiFinancial Ford 203 Running
20 10 70 Shelby Howard ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy 202 Running
21 2 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 202 Running
22 34 01 Mike Wallace JDavisMotorsports.com Chevy 202 Running
23 37 34 Tony Raines Boss Industries / Walter Payton Foundation Chevy 201 Accident
24 28 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevy 201 Running
25 40 21 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy 200 Running
26 32 27 Justin Lofton Lofton Cattle / WeekendWarriors.com Ford 200 Running
27 14 05 Willie Allen 31-W Insulation Chevy 200 Running
28 39 28 Kenny Wallace Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup Chevy 200 Running
29 22 24 Eric McClure Hefty Odor Block Ford 200 Running
30 30 35 Jason Keller LubePros.com Chevy 199 Running
31 41 23 Robert Richardson Jr. North Texas Pipe Chevy 198 Running
32 3 99 Trevor Bayne Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 197 Accident
33 38 09 Landon Cassill RAB Racing Ford 110 Vibration
34 42 43 Brad Baker BakerCurbRcng/Pinnacle Truck & Trailer Sales Ford 102 Vibration
35 15 81 Michael McDowell K Love 94.3 Dodge 100 Engine
36 7 1 Ryan Newman Phoenix Construction Chevy 71 Tie Rod
37 12 56 Kevin Lepage RaceDaySponsor.com Toyota 34 Driveshaft
38 26 49 Mark Green GBM Maple Equipment Chevy 32 Suspension
39 17 91 David Gilliland D'Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 25 Electrical
40 24 37 Josh Wise Curb Records / Baker-Curb Racing Ford 22 Overheating
41 13 90 Danny O'Quinn Jr. D'Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 20 Electrical
42 27 89 Johnny Chapman Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy 4 Rearend
43 43 92 Dennis Setzer K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 3 Ignition

 

How could you not be excited about the end of the race? With 3 laps to go, Trevor Bayne made things interesting when his tire blew.  This put Brad Keselowski on point to steal one from Logano and Busch.  Keso had something go amiss and that set up a Busch/Logano battle for the win.  As they were coming to the line, a multi car accident was happening behind them.  Busch reached the flag stand before the Caution was thrown, and was declared the winner.  The wreck was brought out by Brendon Gaughan.  Gaughan got sideways and biffed the side of Allgaier, before Brendon spun back and clipped Colin Braun.  Ricky Stenhouse was also caught up in it, as well as Mike Bliss, Mike Wallace and Shelby Howard.  It spoiled a much better run by Brendon, Colin and Ricky.  Braun Racing scored a couple of top 10s, as they finished 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th.  Great race for them.  Even better was the fact that David Reutimann got his first top 5 of the year, and Brian Scott got his first top 5 in the Nationwide Series. 

You may notice the absence of a certain female driver who was the lead picture on my Preview.  Jennifer Jo Cobb missed the race, and a huge opportunity to finish higher then Patrick.  Better luck next time.

Parker Kligerman proved yet again that he is the future at Penske, if Penske ever decides to give him a ride.  Parker came home 13th.

This was the worst race for Ryan Newman yet, as his car broke a tie rod.  I'm not sure what a tie rod is, but I'm sure that 4ever3 can help me with that.

The race for the top 30 heated up.  No changes, but with the 43 team Start and Parking, they are now 30th in points, and in danger.  Here's the battle:

27 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Jack Roush 1,559
28 23 Robert Richardson Rob Richardson 1,553
29 35 Jason Keller Mark Smith 1,551
30 43 Brad Baker Baker Curb 1,542
31 81 Michael McDowell Pat MacDonald 1,479
32 24 Eric McClure Ed Rensi 1,474
33 05 Willie Allen Wayne Day 1,428
34 1 Ryan Newman James Finch 1,425

The owners championship now sees the 18 team up top.  It will be interesting to see if another team can beat Brad Keselowski's 22 Dodge. 

That's it for me.  This old dog is heading back behind the wall.  Join us again soon, as I bring you the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 Preview from Gateway!  The race is yet again in Illinois, and is another night race, but this time it takes place on Saturday, July 17th.  Check back soon.  As always, Enjoy!