No Stopping Kyle Busch At Charlotte
The final restart came with 14 laps left and just like he had during all the other restarts, Busch was able to pull away from the pack. Kahne got close to Busch with under 10 laps left, but Busch turned on the afterburners and pulled away to a .939-second triumph.
The victory was Busch’s sixth of 2013, his record setting seventh at Charlotte and the record extending 57th of his Nationwide career. The triumph comes nearly 10 years to the day after Busch made his Nationwide Series debut at Charlotte.
“There towards the end I thought we were going to have to race, I did have to race hard with Kasey there,” Busch said. “He was catching me a little bit on the outside. I think he was just beating me a little bit down the straightaways so I moved up to protect my momentum and do the same thing he was doing. It seemed to help me. It seemed to help me drive away from him a little bit.”
Kahne ended up second in the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet out of the JR Motorsports stable.
“I was trying to wait before I went to the outside to see if I could catch him (Busch),” Kahne said. “I got there but I just didn’t get to his outside. I came close, but I didn’t get to him. Then he went to the top and from that point on I was a little bit on the tight side and it wasn’t turning quite good enough.”
Logano ended up third in Penske Racing’s No. 22 Ford.
“I feel like we had a third place car and we finished third,” Logano said. “We’ve got to do something to beat that Kyle Busch guy because he is pretty good. We’ve got to do something about that.”
Rookie Kyle Larson was the highest finishing Nationwide Series regular in fourth. Kevin Harvick, Trevor Bayne, Justin Allgaier, Matt Kenseth, Parker Kligerman and Regan Smith completed the top 10.
The race was slowed by the caution flag seven times for 33 laps. There were nine lead changes among five drivers.