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Series-only regulars eye NWS rule at Kentucky.

So who's next? It's a three-way question for NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night.

Over the last three years, David Gilliland, Stephen Leicht and Joey Logano have all won at the 1.5-mile track, overcoming fields that included an average of six double-duty drivers. The victories were the first for all three drivers and Logano's was historic, as he won from the pole in only his third start becoming the youngest winner in series history.

But can the 2009 race produce a ninth different winner and polesitter? Since two-time series champion Kevin Harvick won the inaugural race in 2001, Kentucky winners have been different series regulars. Harvick, Todd Bodine in 2002 and Carl Edwards in 2005 were full-time double-duty regulars in both NASCAR's Cup Series and the Busch/Nationwide Series, while Bobby Hamilton Jr (2003) and Kyle Busch (2004) were the other series-only regulars to win at Kentucky alongside Gilliland, Leicht and Logano.

Current standings leader Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Logano appear to have patched things up since an incident between the two at Dover International Speedway two weeks ago took Busch out of contention for a win, but have they?

The drivers will be in competition at Kentucky for the first time since Logano got underneath Busch on the green-white-chequered restart, allowing Brad Keselowski to take advantage of the tangle and pass Logano for the win. Logano finished second, while Busch was relegated to 17th.

It wasn't until after the race that Logano found out that Busch was in trouble anyway due to a tyre going flat, which helped the nudge along, but the raw emotions of both drivers prior to that discovery were enough to warrant watching this next confrontation.

Busch walked quickly away from his racecar without discussing the incident, while the youthful Logano initially took the blame during an interview on pit-road. Two weeks later, Busch comes to Kentucky following a victory at Nashville - his first after three dominating performances at Darlington, Lowe's and Dover went without wins - while Logano is the defending race winner at Kentucky. He also beat his team-mate at the April race in Nashville, the last time they met at a stand-alone event.

Busch, Edwards and Logano will all have to travel to Kentucky from Michigan International Speedway, where they're slated to take part in Sunday's LifeLock 400 - indeed, Busch is entered in all three NASCAR national series races this weekend - meaning that Jeremy Clements (Logano); Brad Coleman (Busch) and Auggie Vidovich (Edwards) will be on hand to substitute, if necessary, in double-duty driver practice and qualifying at Kentucky.

Meanwhile, Busch and Edwards may be 1-2 in the standings, but they can't be concerned only with each other. Not when Jason Leffler and Keselowski refuse to go away.

Busch was able to put a little breathing room between himself and Edwards - his lead is now 65 points over the 2007 series champion - but Leffler, third in the points and still 123 behind Busch, registered his eighth consecutive top ten finish at last Saturday's race in Nashville. Keselowski, meanwhile, has been on a torrid pace of late, with six top five finishes in his last nine races. Now fourth in the standings, he's just five points behind Leffler and, after a slow start, is well within striking distance of the leaders.



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