Kyle Busch earned a milestone victory by winning Saturday's O'Reilly Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
The driver of the #18 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota led five times for an astonishing 174 laps in the 200-lap race to score his tenth Nationwide Series win of the season, tying the mark set by Sam Ard in 1983. The win was also Busch's 21st career Nationwide Series victory in 136 career starts.
“It was a strong car all day and it kind of set the tone,” said Busch, who swept the Nationwide Series races at Texas in 2008, as he won the April 5 race at the 1.5-mile oval to kick-off what has become a dominant season.
“We had a good race car yesterday when we were practicing it. It felt good. It had speed, but the balance wasn't quite there so we were working on it. Joel (Weidman, crew chief) made some good calls in practice trying to get it right, and we made it to where it was really good today off the bat.
“It sort of got loose a little bit through the race and we tightened it up with some adjustments there. Fortunately for us, we were up front all day and didn't have to mire through much traffic, but I still feel like our car was good enough to do so.”
The win was also the first for Farm Bureau Insurance, which through its 4,200-member agency sales force provides auto, home and life insurance to customers and fans throughout the Southeast in the USA.
“Farm Bureau Insurance had a huge hospitality here,” added Joe Gibbs, team owner. “They're fairly new with us. That was extremely exciting, getting them in the winner's circle. That's really important for us, because as we all know, the sponsorships is kind of what makes us tick.”
Joe Gibbs Racing has now won an eye-popping 19 Nationwide Series races in 2008 – 10 via the team's #18 car and nine by the organisation's #20 car.
The victory propelled the #18 car, which has run only a partial schedule so far this season, up one spot to 23rd in the Nationwide Series owner standings.
The #20 car, meanwhile, continues to lead the series' owner standings, with a 54-point advantage over the #2 entry of Richard Childress Racing with only two races remaining.