CHARLOTTE — It was another pole to checkers night for Kyle Busch. After claiming the pole position for Friday night’s Nationwide Series race, Busch held off series points leader Austin Dillon to win his series-best 11th of the season.
The win marked the eighth time in nine pole wins that he has won from the starting position. The victory was Busch’s eighth win in the series at Charlotte and 62nd career win.
While in Victory Lane, Busch announced that he and his wife, Samantha, were donating all the race winnings to the Pretty in Pink Foundation to combat breast cancer.
“I didn’t think we were going to win the thing, but somehow I got to the top (of the track) and started making time,” Busch said.
Sam Hornish Jr. finished third and remains eight points behind Dillon in the battle for the Nationwide Series Championship.
Busch was first off pit road under a caution for a restart on Lap 163 of the 200-lap race, and kept the lead until Hornish Jr. caught him on lap 180. Hornish’s Ford began to fade on lap 193. Busch passed him in Turn 2 and was on his way to the checkered flag.
Elliot Sadler’s chances for a championship ended following a strange wreck in Turn 1. While in the tri-oval, Reed Sorenson clipped the edge of the infield grass with his left side tires and shot up into the No. 14 Camry of Eric McClure.
Brian Vickers darted to the inside to avoid the wreck and hit Sadler, his JGR teammate, as Sadler was leaving pit road. Sadler later returned to the track after repairs to his damaged car but crashed on Lap 66, and ended up in 35th place.