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Darlington - Nationwide series race results

Kyle Busch won the Nationwide Royal Purple 200 event at Darlington Raceway ahead of his team mate Denny Hamlin, with Elliott Sadler's canny pit strategy giving him third.
Kyle Busch took his fifth Nationwide victory of the 2011 series in only nine starts, seeing off a tough challenge from his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Denny Hamlin to the chequered flag. It's Busch's first win in NASCAR at Darlington, and he'll be hoping it augurs well for the Sprint Cup race at the same venue on Saturday night.

Hamlin was ahead of Busch on lap 95 when a big crash on the backstretch caught up Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Brian Scott, Mike Bliss, Carl Edwards, Ryan Truex and Kasey Kahne, allowing Busch to close right up on Hamlin at the restart and stay right with him as Hamlin worked his way to the front over the remaining laps of the race and finally took the lead for the final 23 laps.

The win takes Busch's Nationwide tally to 48, just one behind Mark Martin's record for victories in the series. With the form he's in right now, there's a good chance that Kyle will equal and even surpass Martin's achievement before the end of May. "I'm racing Dover [next week], and I'm racing Charlotte [May 28]. Those are really good places for me in the Nationwide Series. I've run really well at both of those."

Elliott Sadler decided to stay out of the pits on lap 89 despite not having enough fuel to get to the end, but the cautions and some fuel conservation eked out the gas and got him home in third. "We had no idea they were going to pit ... All of a sudden everybody darts down pit road, and I go with 'em. Then, at the last second, I think in my mind, 'My guys are not even ready.'", explained Sadler. "So I stayed out."

Sitting in for a second week for the unwell Trevor Bayne in the #16, Roush Fenway development driver Chris Buescher recorded a second consecutive 17th place finish, once again keeping his nose clean and delivering a solid performance.

The Camping World Truck series was not in action again this weekend, and will return next week on May 13 at Dover International Speedway.

Race results

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 147 laps Running (0pts)
2. #20 Denny Hamlin Toyota 147 laps Running (0pts)
3. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 147 laps Running (42/1 pts)
4. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 147 laps Running (41/1 pts)
5. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 147 laps Running (39/0 pts)
6. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 147 laps Running (0pts)
7. #38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 147 laps Running (0pts)
8. #32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 147 laps Running (36/0 pts)
9. #30 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 147 laps Running (35/0 pts)
10. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 147 laps Running (34/0 pts)
11. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 147 laps Running (33/0 pts)
12. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 146 laps Running (32/0 pts)
13. #23 Scott Riggs Dodge 146 laps Running (31/0 pts)
14. #7 Josh Wise Chevrolet 146 laps Running (30/0 pts)
15. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 146 laps Running (29/0 pts)
16. #39 Danny Efland Ford 146 laps Running (28/0 pts)
17. #16 Chris Buescher Ford 146 laps Running (27/0 pts)
18. #81 Blake Koch * Dodge 146 laps Running (26/0 pts)
19. #15 Timmy Hill * Ford 146 laps Running (25/0 pts)
20. #60 Carl Edwards Ford 144 laps Running (0pts)
21. #52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 143 laps Running (23/0 pts)
22. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 143 laps Running (22/0 pts)
23. #70 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 140 laps Running (21/0 pts)
24. #28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 135 laps Running (20/0 pts)
25. #99 Ryan Truex * Toyota 132 laps Running (19/0 pts)
26. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 110 laps Transmission (18/0 pts)
27. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 99 laps Accident (0pts)
28. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 95 laps Accident (16/0 pts)
29. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 94 laps Accident (15/0 pts)
30. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 94 laps Accident (14/0 pts)
31. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 89 laps Accident (13/0 pts)
32. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford 42 laps Clutch (12/0 pts)
33. #141 Carl Long Ford 29 laps Brakes (11/0 pts)
34. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 26 laps Vibration (10/0 pts)
35. #79 Tim Andrews Ford 19 laps Brakes (0pts)
36. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 12 laps Oil Pump (8/0 pts)
37. #175 Johnny Chapman Ford 12 laps Clutch (7/0 pts)
38. #40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet 11 laps Handling (6/0 pts)
39. #168 Matthew Carter Chevrolet 9 laps Engine (5/0 pts)
40. #172 John Jackson Toyota 8 laps Vibration (0pts)
41. #174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 7 laps Carburator (3/0 pts)
42. #49 David Green Chevrolet 2 laps Engine (0pts)
43. #0 James Hylton Chevrolet 2 laps Rear Gear (0pts)

Qualifying times

Qualifying was rained out and the starting order determined by owner points.

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota
2. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
3. #60 Carl Edwards Ford
4. #38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
5. #32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet
6. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet
7. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota
8. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford
9. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet
10. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge
11. #30 Jason Leffler Chevrolet
12. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet
13. #7 Josh Wise Chevrolet
14. #99 Ryan Truex* Toyota
15. #11 Brian Scott Toyota
16. #20 Denny Hamlin Toyota
17. #16 Chris Buescher Ford
18. #62 Michael Annett Toyota
19. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota
20. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
21. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet
22. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet
23. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet
24. #39 Danny Efland Ford
25. #28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet
26. #81 Blake Koch* Dodge
27. #15 Timmy Hill* Ford
28. #40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet
29. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet
30. #70 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet
31. #23 Scott Riggs Dodge
32. #141 Carl Long Ford
33. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet
34. #79 Tim Andrews Ford
35. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet
36. #174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet
37. #168 Matthew Carter Chevrolet
38. #175 Johnny Chapman Ford
39. #52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet
40. #49 David Green Chevrolet
41. #172 John Jackson Toyota
42. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb* Ford
43. #0 James Hylton Chevrolet



Related Pictures

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Chris Buescher, driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, sits in the car normally driven by Trevor Bayne prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway on May 6 in Darlington, S.C. [Picture credit: Geoff Burke, Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kyle Busch wins the Royal Purple 200 Nationwide race at Darlington Raceway [Picture credit: Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images]
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, crosses the finishline to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 12, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
(Back Row L-R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
(Back Row L - R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Miss Sprint Cup Madison Martin, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS, made the Chase finishing in ninth place and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, was just short of making the Chase finishing in eleventh place Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Eight Chevy drivers are in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins next week at Chicagoland Speedway. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates with the chequered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on September 5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on September 5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on September 5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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draml

May 07, 2011 9:43 PM
Last Edited 1230 days ago

The car owner still scores full points regardless of whether or not the driver is eligible to receive driver points. And with five victories in nine races, the #18 is unsurprisingly the runaway top-placed car in owner points. Hence, he's on pole.

J Johns - Unregistered

May 07, 2011 3:32 PM

How did Kyle Bush get the pole for the Nationwide race at Darlington? Qualifying was rained out and positions were based on owner points. Kyle Bush is a Sprint Cup driver and does not get points for participating in the Nationwide Races. Please explain this to me.



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