Kurt Busch and polesitter Carl Edwards dominated most of the race, with Busch leading the most laps, but Busch got mired in traffic late in the race and Edwards made a late run on Mears but couldn’t get past.
Edwards had to settle for second ahead of Jeff Burton, points leader Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth. Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, Tony Stewart and J.J. Yeley completed the top 10. This race did little to quell the ongoing fuss about Cup series drivers in the Busch Series, as full-time Cup drivers claimed the top 16 positions.
There was no change in the top five in the points standings, although Edwards did shave just a few off the margin to Harvick, who now leads by a still-massive 323 points.
The series will accompany the Nextel Cup teams to New Hampshire next weekend.
NASCAR Busch Series Top Five:
1) Casey Mears, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Motorsports Dodge Charger, 200 laps
2) Carl Edwards, No. 60 Roush Racing Ford Fusion, 200 laps
3) Jeff Burton, No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, 200 laps
4) Kevin Harvick, No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, 200 laps
5) Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Roush Racing Ford Fusion, 200 laps
Driver’s Championship: 1) Kevin Harvick, 2922; 2) Carl Edwards, 2599; 3) Clint Bowyer, 2540; 4) Denny Hamlin, 2502; 5) J.J. Yeley, 2494.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Hornaday Comes From Behind to Win
Two-time (1996, 1998) NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday picked up his second victory of the year at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night, working his way through the pack from a 22nd-place starting position. It was his 29th series win, a series record, and the biggest Truck Series comeback in history at Kentucky.
Mike Skinner, the 1995 series champ, looked to have the truck to beat but was involved in a crash with Dennis Setzer on Lap 129 of 150 that opened the door for Hornaday. Rick Crawford finished second for the second week in a row, ahead of Brendan Gaughan, Johnny Benson and rookie David Ragan. Ted Musgrave, Matt Crafton, David Starr, Erik Darnell and points leader Todd Bodine completed the top 10.
Australian rookie Marcus Ambrose, who finished a career-best third last week at Kansas, started from his first pole position and led 49 of the first 51 laps, the most laps led by any driver. His truck showed good speed but his pit stops did not, eventually miring him a lap down in 19th.
Bodine’s points lead was reduced to 112 over Benson, who jumped over David Reutimann to second in the standings.
The series heads to Memphis Motorsports Park next weekend for a little short-track action.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Top Five:
1) Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet Silverado, 150 laps
2) Rick Crawford, No. 14 Circle Bar Racing Ford F150, 150 laps
3) Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram, 150 laps
4) Johnny Benson, No. 23 Bill Davis Racing Toyota Tundra, 150 laps
5) David Ragan, No. 6 Roush Racing Ford F150, 150 laps
Driver’s Championship: 1) Todd Bodine, 2043; 2) Johnny Benson, 1931; 3) David Reutimann, 1898; 4) Ted Musgrave, 1807; 5) Rick Crawford, 1806.
Champ Car: Allmendinger Scores Hat Trick at Toronto
A.J. Allmendinger’s hot streak continued on Sunday at Toronto, where the impressive young American scored his third straight win in the Champ Car World Series, holding off his Forsythe Championship Racing teammate Paul Tracy to claim the victory.
Allmendinger started second alongside former RuSport teammate Justin Wilson, and the duo ran in qualifying order for the first nine laps until a quartet of rookies tangled and stopped at Turn 1. Most of the leaders pitted at that time, and Allmendinger’s crew got him out ahead of Wilson. Nelson Philippe, Oriol Servia and Bruno Junqueira chose not to pit and led the field on the restart, but it was just a matter of time before they had to pit and Allmendinger got to the lead.