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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



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draml

May 07, 2011 9:43 PM
Last Edited 1203 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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