Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Darlington, S.C., and older brother Kurt Busch led qualifying for Saturday's Sprint Cup Series race.
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kyle Busch figured it would be easy to run his own program on the NASCAR Nationwide Series after all the success he had for Joe Gibbs Racing.
A year on his own and out of victory lane, though, taught Busch a lesson. Back with JGR, Busch is back to his dominant ways in Nationwide racing. He won his fifth race of the year, pushing past Joey Logano 18 laps from the end to win the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on Friday night.
“I thought it can’t be hard to upstart an organization and beat JGR,” Busch, 28, said. “But obviously, that’s not the case.”
It was Busch’s 56th Nationwide victory, extending his career record in NASCAR’s second-tier series.
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Meanwhile, at the top level of NASCAR, older brother Kurt Busch set a Darlington qualifying record and will start from the pole in Saturday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race.
Busch, 34, had a lap of 181.918 mph to surpass the track record of 181.250 set by Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw in 2011.
Jimmie Johnson was second in 180.974, Kyle Busch qualified in third at 180.920 and Kahne was fourth at 180.741.
Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in ninth.