Nevada’s Kyle Busch picked up his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of 2010, scoring a win in the Heluva Good 200 at Dover International Speedway.
By Lee Montgomery
Special to Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
(May 15, 2010)
DOVER, Del.—Kyle Busch’s dominant victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway was punctuated by a late-race dust-up between Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer – one that sent Bowyer to the garage and the NASCAR Nationwide Series hauler.
Busch scored his fourth series victory of the season and 34th of his career by leading all but 14 of 205 laps as the race ended with a green-white-checkered finish. He never was truly challenged and pulled away from the field on the final restart.
“This is just another product of Joe Gibbs Racing and all the guys that work so hard,” said Busch, who won from the pole at Dover. “Everybody at the shop does a great job for us. The preparation was there. When we unloaded, we unloaded good. We just tweaked on it. That’s what it takes.”
As Busch celebrated in Victory Lane, Bowyer was waiting in the Nationwide hauler to meet with NASCAR officials. On the next-to-last restart, Hamlin punted Bowyer out of second place as the green flag waved. The fracas triggered a nine-car accident and an 11-minute, 43-second red flag.
After the red was lifted, Bowyer drove from pit road and slammed into the side of Hamlin’s car, causing it to spin. NASCAR immediately parked Bowyer and sent him to the garage.
“(Our team has) had a frustrating year, bringing home a lot of torn-up racecars,” said Bowyer, who replaced John Wes Townley in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 six races ago. “It is what it is. I don’t have a beef with Denny. We’ll be fine. I got one taken from me. Just a little payback.”
Hamlin has been involved in NASCAR Nationwide controversy at Dover before, getting together with Brad Keselowski last year. But this time, his reaction was more calm.
“It just didn’t have the speed that those guys did, but we tried to make something happen on the restart and got the 21 and the 38 (of Kasey Kahne) there,” Hamlin said of his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. “A lot of times when that happens you kind of expect retaliation.”
Ryan Newman drove through the crash and finished second to Busch, with Jamie McMurray third. Reed Sorenson was fourth, followed by Braun Racing teammate Jason Leffler.
Kevin Harvick was sixth. Brad Keselowski finished seventh to hold on to the points lead by 11 over Busch. Greg Biffle was eighth, with rookies Brian Scott and Colin Braun rounding out the top 10.