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Kyle Busch wins record fourth Nationwide race at NHMS

  • Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch battle for position during the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Saturday, July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

    Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch battle for position during the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Saturday, July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

  • Kyle Busch (54) passes Brian Vickers (20) between Turns 1 and 2 during the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race, Saturday, July 13, 2013, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Busch won the race. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

    Kyle Busch (54) passes Brian Vickers (20) between Turns 1 and 2 during the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race, Saturday, July 13, 2013, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Busch won the race. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

  • Kyle Busch leaves a trail of smoke from a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Kyle Busch leaves a trail of smoke from a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Saturday, July 13, 2013.  (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

    Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Saturday, July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

  • Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race, Saturday, July 13, 2013, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

    Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race, Saturday, July 13, 2013, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

  • Doug Coby, winner of the Whelen Modified Tour race at NHMS

    Doug Coby, winner of the Whelen Modified Tour race at NHMS

  • Doug Coby takes the checkered flag to win the Town Fair Tire 100 Whelen Modified Tour race at NHMS.

    Doug Coby takes the checkered flag to win the Town Fair Tire 100 Whelen Modified Tour race at NHMS.

  • Kyle Busch leaves a trail of smoke from a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Kyle Busch leaves a trail of smoke from a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch battle for position during the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Saturday, July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
  • Kyle Busch (54) passes Brian Vickers (20) between Turns 1 and 2 during the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race, Saturday, July 13, 2013, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Busch won the race. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
  • Kyle Busch leaves a trail of smoke from a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Saturday, July 13, 2013.  (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
  • Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race, Saturday, July 13, 2013, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
  • Doug Coby, winner of the Whelen Modified Tour race at NHMS
  • Doug Coby takes the checkered flag to win the Town Fair Tire 100 Whelen Modified Tour race at NHMS.
  • Kyle Busch leaves a trail of smoke from a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

LOUDON – Kyle Busch wasn’t exactly thrilled to have to race an extra 13 miles during yesterday’s Nationwide Series CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The driver of the No. 52 Monster Energy Toyota dominated the first 197 laps, but a trio of late cautions – including one that resulted in a two-plus minute red flag – had the driver and his crew chief concerned they may not have enough fuel to finish.

Luckily for Busch, however, his car had just enough in the tank to wrap up his seventh Nationwide victory of the season and record fourth series victory at the Magic Mile – it was his 58th victory in 258 Nationwide starts. Brian Vickers crossed the line second, while Austin Dillon, Brian Scott and Michael Annett rounded out the top five.

“We didn’t want to have those late restarts,” said Busch, who started from the pole and led all but 71 laps. “Anytime you see cautions coming out late in the going, you pretty much know it’s going to come down to a green-white checkered.”

Busch looked to be on his way to a relatively uncontested victory after he reclaimed the lead on a lap-134 restart and began to pull away from the pack. But a spin in turn 2 with three circuits remaining forced the field to bunch back up for an attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

Green-white-checkered finishes give drivers three laps to complete the race – no matter the scheduled distance – in an effort to avoid races finishing under caution. If a caution is called during the last lap, the field is frozen and the race is considered complete.

Busch pulled ahead briefly after the restart on lap 197 until two more cautions – including a wreck in turn 3 that forced officials to stop the field on the backstretch – set up a third and final attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. The decision to stop the cars proved crucial for Busch, though, who likely would have had to pit and give up track position otherwise, according to his crew chief, Adam Stevens.

Instead, the driver known as Rowdy managed to survive one final restart to clinch his record-breaking win. No other Nationwide driver has won at NHMS more than once.

“Once you get in that situation at the end, there’s nothing you can do except ride it out,” Stevens said. “Nobody knows if you’re going to have one or multiple green-white-checkers and how many laps you’re going to go. … You’ve just got to go for it and hope for the best, but we had enough for a burnout and he drove it in.”

Busch led the first 41 laps of the race until a rare mishap on pit road had the team restarting eighth. It didn’t take long for him to reclaim the lead, however, as he took the point for good shortly after a lap-119 pit stop. The most difficult car to pass to reclaim the lead, Busch said, was that of Vickers, his teammate.

“When I had to come back through there, it was a little bit harder than I wanted it to be – especially when I got to Vickers,” Busch said. “He was fast enough to hold us a little bit, but I knew I was the faster car if I could just get by him.”

Vickers, on the other hand, said that although he was pleased with the result, he was disappointed his team didn’t get to celebrate its first win of the season.

“We had a really good car there at the end, but the restarts were a mess and then I ran out of fuel coming to the line,” Vickers said. “I just really want to win one of these races. This team deserves it. These guys gave me a great car today and I hate that it’s not in Victory Lane.”

Busch isn’t eligible to race for a series championship as a driver because he competes full time in the Sprint Cup Series, but he gave the No. 54 Toyota a 51-point lead in owner points. Regan Smith – who placed eighth – leads the driver standings with 594 points, ahead of Sam Hornish Jr. (589) and Dillon (582).

The race featured seven cautions for 27 laps, including a red flag that lasted 2 minutes, 46 seconds. The lead changed hands six times among three drivers: Busch (141 laps), Vickers (63 laps) and Alex Bowman (nine laps).

The Nationwide Series will head to Joliet, Ill., on July 27 for the Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“All-in-all, it’s great to be back in Victory Lane here in Loudon,” Busch said.” We had a great car today. We didn’t unload the best, but our guys got it ready in time.”

COBY WINS 2ND STRAIGHT AT NHMS

Unlike his first-ever victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last fall, Doug Coby couldn’t afford to breathe a sigh of relief yesterday until he saw the checkered flag waiving through his rear-view mirror.

The defending Whelen Modified Tour champion edged runner-up Ted Christopher and third-place finisher Ryan Preece to win yesterday’s Town Fair Tire 100, and claim his second straight victory at the Magic Mile.

After coasting to the checkered flag under caution 10 months earlier, Colby needed a late pass on Christopher to win what proved to be one of the most tightly-contested modified races in track history. Coby’s pass on lap 98 was the 27th lead change of the event – three shy of the track record of 30 set in 2006.

“It was crazy,” said Coby, who had just one top-five finish heading into the race. “You just try (to) look into your mirror and listen to your spotter the best you can. Loudon is the biggest race on the schedule as far as spectators goes.”

Coby began the day in fifth place in the overall standings, but catapulted to third thanks to his first win of the season. Preece – who headed into the race fresh off three straight victories – remained in the top spot with 267 points, ahead of Rowan Pennink (223), Coby (219), Mike Stefanik (212) and Christopher (202).

The 100-lap race featured four cautions in all, with the biggest pileup occurring on a lap-78 restart. Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman admitted to causing the wreck when he dove low to try to avoid a slower car at the start-finish line. Newman’s No. 7 Menard’s Chevrolet clipped the car, resulting in a seven-car pileup on the front stretch. Newman – who has two Whelen Modified Tour wins at NHMS under his belt – finished fifth.

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