JOLIET, Ill. – Just when it appeared Kyle Busch couldn’t be any stronger in a NASCAR Nationwide race, he set a series record for most laps led on a 1.5-mile track in winning the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday.
Starting from the pole, Busch went on to lead 195 of the 200 laps, surpassing the record of 194 laps set by Dale Earnhardt in 1986.
Busch has earned the pole in qualifying eight times this year — and won seven of those races.
“It was just a great day with a phenomenal race car,” said Busch, who posted his 10th victory in 20 Nationwide starts this year, tied for second in a season in NASCAR’s second-tier series.
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Busch holds the record for most Nationwide victories in a season, with 13 in 2010.
It was Busch’s 61st career victory in 264 Nationwide starts.
Joey Logano finished second, 1.615 seconds behind, and series leader Sam Hornish Jr. was third.
• Facing perhaps the biggest credibility crisis in their history, NASCAR officials issued a stern warning to their drivers and teams Saturday and said they won’t tolerate any more attempts to alter the outcome of races.
After a scandal-filled week spent investigating teams and undoing attempts to manipulate its championship field, NASCAR Chairman Brian France told teams he expects them “to give 100 percent” at all times, meeting with them at Chicagoland on the eve of the opening event of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
The GEICO 400 is Sunday.