Kyle Busch Takes Win At Phoenix Despite Late Penalty

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

How can I sum up the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200? Utter domination.

Kyle Busch led 126 of the 200 laps Friday night at Phoenix, yet it wasn’t as easy to win for him as it sounds. Despite the bugs, Brad Keselowski breathing down his neck all night long, oh and a late penalty that sent him to the back, Busch was able to pull off an incredible finish and captured his 32nd career Nationwide Series victory, and his second of 2010.

Busch wouldn’t be denied on this night as he came virtually nowhere to win this event. Even though it appeared it’d be a duel between Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski when the race restarted for the final time with eight laps to go, the two made contact in turn one with six laps to go which opened the door wide open for Busch.

“As far as the excitement there at the end of the race, I mean what a show,” Busch said after the race, “It was neat the way the outside lane opened up. You know everyone was two-wide on the bottom and in the middle, and there was still another lane up there so I just took the outside and said here we come.”

Kevin Harvick slipped through in the end to finish second in his Jimmy John’s Chevrolet.

Brad Keselowski came home in third, which was just good enough of a run to give him the NASCAR Nationwide Series point lead for the first time in his career. Keselowski will bring a four point lead over Carl Edwards, who finished sixth, into Texas next week.

“Everything went pretty well tonight. We did what we needed to do, we led laps, we were fast. We just needed a little more long-run speed. We just fell off too much so that’s something to work on,” Keselowski said, “Really proud of my team to have the points lead with a brand new team, and six races into the year. That’s pretty cool, that’s really special.”

Joey Logano, who was nudged from the lead by Keselowski, would fall to tenth by the end of the race.

Brendan Gaughan brought the 62 car back in fourth, and Greg Biffle rounded out the top-five.

There is another storyline developing in the Nationwide Series garage. Depending on which source you decide to believe it appears that John Wes Townley is either out of the 21 car, or extremely close to it. He was in a hard crash in Nationwide practice earlier in the day, and was not in the car Friday night. Clint Bowyer was behind the wheel of the Zaxby’s machine.

Bowyer had an issue early in the race where the car shut off, but he rebounded from a lap down to finish in 11th spot.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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