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Nationwide: Busch Brothers dominate the Glen

If your name wasn't Busch, then you weren't going to be leading a lap during this Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen, with Kurt coming out top at the chequered flag.
The 'Zippo 200 at the Glen' Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International started with a front row consisting of Busch brothers, and pretty much the rest of the race was a similar tale of the two brothers.

Kurt Busch had claimed pole position for the race on Saturday morning despite being a late midweek replacement in the car for his Penske team mate Brad Keselowski, who is still suffering from his testing accident at Road Atlanta the previous week. It's Kurt's third Nationwide pole in 12 starts, his first since 2007 - and all three have come at the Glen.

Kurt found himself joined at the front heading to the chequered flag by his younger brother Kyle, not exactly known as a road course specialist although he'd also claimed pole position in the Sprint Cup race at the Glen so he was definitely a force to contend with.

Kurt was able to convert pole to the initial race lead and maintained the position for the first eight laps. Kyle was looking the faster car however and on lap nine he got past the #22 through the inner loop, only to then cut onto the rumble strips through turn 1 which gave Kurt the opportunity to immediately retake the lead. Worse, an off-track excursion left him with a grille clogged with grass and on lap 18 he was forced into pit lane with an overheating engine and steam pouring out of the car.

The team cleaned up the #18 and put him back out with a full tank of fuel and an alternate strategy: to try and make it the rest of the 82 scheduled 2.45-mile laps on just one more pit stop. But it was pushing feasibility to think it was going to work and some caution laps were very much required - and absolutely, definitely no green-white-chequered flags extending the end of the race.

Kyle got lucky with the first part - a yellow flag on lap 25 when Eric McLure came to a halt on track through the esses, which came just after everyone else had cycled through for green flag pit stops. That meant that Kyle was now back out in front on his off-sync strategy, followed by Kurt, Ron Fellows, Carl Edwards and Elliott Sadler at the restart.

Kyle stayed in front, pulling away from Kurt and Carl, until lap 50 when he came in for what he hoped would be his final pit stop of the day. He'd done a good job, with the rest of the field starting to come in almost immediately afterwards with brother Kurt only lasting until lap 55 before surrendering back the lead to Kyle for his own stop. But the crew of the #18 - led by crew chief Jason Ratcliff - were under no illusions that those five laps were crucial, the difference between making it and potentially not.

They still needed cautions, and this time none materialised, even when Mike Wallace spun at the entrance to the final turn on lap 75. By lap 78 it was clear that even having leaned off as much as possible and allowed Kurt, Carl Edwards, Ron Fellows and the rest of the field to close right up to him, there was no chance of making it those final four laps and his fuel pressure started to fail.

"We were running hard together," Kurt said of his battle with his brother. "It wasn't to force him to run out of fuel. I wanted to race him as fair and square as you can, but we knew that they were short."




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Kurt Busch, driver of the #22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 13 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. [Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images]
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, leads Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, at the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 28, 2015 in Sonoma, California. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 28, 2015 in Sonoma, California. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 28, 2015 in Sonoma, California. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Pro Services Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 28, 2015 in Sonoma, California. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place, Sunday June 28, 2015, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place, Sunday June 28, 2015, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place, Sunday June 28, 2015, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Folds of Honor/Outback Steakhouse/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, finishes in fourth place, Sunday June 28, 2015, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Folds of Honor/Outback Steakhouse/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, finishes in fourth place, Sunday June 28, 2015, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fourth position, Saturday June 27, 2015, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Clint Bowyer, left, driver of the #15 5-Hour Energy Toyota, talks with Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26, 2015 in Sonoma, California. (Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26, 2015 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet Chevrolet SS, stops in his pit on his way to victory, Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the rain shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet Chevrolet SS greets fans before the race Sunday, June 14, 2015. Busch won the rain shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by John M. Galloway for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet Chevrolet SS races to victory followed by second place finisher Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Amp Energy Chevrolet SS, and third place finisher Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the rain shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, lead the field to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, lead the field to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo Credit: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates in an alternate victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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