On a green-white-checker restart, Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Joey Logano and Kyle Busch restarted first and second to make it battle within the JGR camp for the win in Friday night’s Dollar General 300 Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
“Kyle and I finished one-two there last year and I think we can do it again this year,” Logano said prior to the race. “Hopefully, it ends up being just like it was last year, with us up front and him chasing us from second-place.”
It was like last year as far as the two JGR cars up front at the end, battling for the win. But it wasn’t exactly how Logano wished. Instead, it was in reverse.
It was not surprise that it was the two JGR cars duking it out for the win. After all, it was Busch and Logano who battled in the closing laps for the trophy in this race a year ago. Last year, it was Logano who was the victor, after Busch had won the Nationwide race at Chicagoland in 2008. This time around, it was back to Busch, as he made a return to the Chicagoland Speedway victory lane and Logano had to settle for second.
Busch was dominant all evening, leading the most laps. And despite a pit road speeding penalty that cost him several positions, he didn’t take him long to get back to the front.
Busch wasn’t the only one who suffered from pit road issues in the race. In the late going, points leader Brad Keselowski headed down pit road but failed to pit when he missed his pit stall under a caution that came out with about 15 laps to go. He attempted to come down pit road the next time by, but that time, he missed the committment cone and had to stay out.
Staying out ended up being the demise of Keselowski’s shot at the win, or a finish in the top-five or top-10, for that matter. Soon after a caution came out with four laps to go, setting things up for a green-white-checker sprint to the finish, Keselowski ran out of fuel, and as a result, finished in the 21st position, two laps down.
Keselowski’s closest points competitor, Carl Edwards, finished just outside the top-five in the sixth position to shave 50 points off Keselowski’s points lead, cutting it from 277 points to 227.
Meanwhile, rooke Brian Scott scored the best finish of his Nationwide Series career, by finishing third. Joe Gibbs Racing may have posted a one-two finish with Busch and Logano, but it was a three-four-five finish for Braun Racing. Scott was followed across the stripe by Braun teammates David Reutimann, who finished fourth, and Jason Leffler, who rounded out the top-five for an all-Toyota top-five.
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