Just when it appeared Kyle Busch couldn’t be any stronger in a Nationwide Series race, he broke the record for most laps led on a 1.5-mile track in a Nationwide race in winning the Dollar General 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Saturday.
Starting from the pole, Busch went on to lead 195 of the event’s 200 laps, eclipsing the record of 194 laps led the late Dale Earnhardt set in 1986.
“It was just a great day with a phenomenal race car,” said Busch, who earned his 10th win in 20 Nationwide races this season, tied for second-most wins in a single season on NASCAR’s junior circuit.
Busch holds the record for most Nationwide wins in a season, 13 in 2010.
Busch jumped out from the opening green flag and never looked back, widening his lead to seven-plus seconds at one point. No other drivers were able to mount a serious threat as Busch excelled in every aspect of the game, earning his fifth perfect driver rating of the season.
Busch also won Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race and will go for a second career weekend sweep in today’s opener of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Busch previously won races in all three series on the same weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) in August 2010.
Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon raced to his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season at the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C. Morgan Lucas led the Top Fuel field, Jason Line was quickest in Pro Stock and Matt Smith topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle division.