Busch’s Win Propels Gibbs To Record-Tying Nationwide Total

JOLIET, Ill. (July 11, 2008) – It looked like David Reutimann had the Dollar General 300 all wrapped up Friday night at the Chicagoland Speedway, but a changing track and a guy named Kyle Busch took the Nationwide Series race and made it look easy.

Reutimann, whose Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota started on the pole, led 83laps during the first 150, was disappointed that his early race strength didn’t last for all 200 laps. “We just seemed to not be able to keep up with the race track. We just seemed to be one adjustment behind all night. We took a big (adjustment) swipe at the end trying to do something to make the car better, but the car just didn’t react like we needed it to. We ended up fifth, but disappointing,” said Reutimann.

Busch, who now has won five series events in 2008, led 101 laps, most in the final stages, as his Z-Line Design Toyota got better as the race went on, and he also found a faster route around the 1.5 mile circuit. “In the beginning it wasn’t looking so great. We were fighting a tight racecar and then we began to make adjustments. There in the beginning we were kind of stuck around fourth, fifth, sixth place,” said the Joe Gibbs pilot who’s not known for being patient when he’s out of the lead. “We followed Brad Keselowsk’s line and that got me going a little bit better. We made the biggest adjustments about lap 90 (during a caution for debris), and that really got things woken up.”

Tony Stewart, who started on the front row with Reutimann, experienced problems just as the green flag dropped. His Old Spice Toyota was bumped by Jeff Burton at the s/f line and spent much of the early race in the pits trying to repair the damage. Stewart came back to finish ninth, just behind Burton.

Landon Cassill’s tenth place finish was the highest finish among the series rookies, though Bryan Clauson retained the Raybestos Rookie lead despite not competing at Chicagoland.

Denny Hamlin chased Busch across the line 3.120 sec. behind followed by Keselowski, Brian Vickers and Reutimann. Vickers may have had a better result, but he was assessed a drive through penalty on lap 41 for being too fast in the pits, and spent the rest of the event catching up with the leaders.

Busch averaged 144.443MPH in a race that had ten lead changes among six drivers. The final 107 laps were run without a caution.

“I was glad that we were able to adjust the car early in the race because we had such a long green run there at the end. It was a great race by all the guys in the Nationwide Series, being able to run those last laps under green. Our car stayed the same at the end and just stayed out front,” said the winningest driver in NASCAR in 2008.

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