Kyle Busch finally closed the deal in the series that bears his name as the Las Vegas native broke a forty eight race win-less streak to win the Winn Dixie 250 at the Daytona International Speedway.


The event brought back some nostalgia for the sport.

The rain delayed event was rescheduled for a 9:00AM start, bringing back memories of the days when July Daytona events were run in the morning to escape the Florida heat.

Driving for Hendrick Motorsports Busch has led the most laps at the season’s previous events at Daytona, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Texas but was never able to get the checkered flag.

Getting the win at Daytona marked his eighth victory in one hundred series starts.

Busch, who started fourteenth, wasted no time getting to the front as he took the lead for the first time by widening pit road and passing his competition on the grass on lap twenty.

NASCAR allowed the move, but reminded the team that the car needed to remain on the blacktop.

“I was a little bit concerned about going out to the grass, but I felt it was in my best interest and the best interest of safety for everybody on pit road to go out there,” Busch explained.

The move although not a penalty drew the ire of many on pit road who were quick to point out that NASCAR cannot monitor pit road speed of cars that leave the asphalt.

Busch’s Chevy seemed to run well in clean air and he eventually led sixty five circuits while battling with Clint Bowyer who seemed to have something for Hendrick team but could not manage to keep the top spot.

In the end, it all came down to a green-white-checker finish as Juan Montoya brought out the final of six caution flags on lap on lap ninety nine to set up the overtime laps.

Busch handled the restart and cruised his way to victory lane. Two times Champion Kevin Harvick gave chase, but when he pulled out of line to pass Busch he had no drafting help and finished in second, .103 seconds behind the winner.

Finishing behind Busch and Harvick were fellow Nextel Cup drivers Dave Blaney, Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer.

Pole sitter Jason Leffler was the highest finishing Busch series regular coming home ninth.

The event saw eleven lead changes among six drivers.

The field escaped the multi car wreck known as “the big one” but came close on lap fifty two when Steven Wallace cut a tire coming off four and becoming collected by David Reutimann. The mid pack incident allowed for some incredible saves and only involved one other car.

Point’s leader Carl Edwards finished in eleventh and continues to lead the championship battle by 798 markers.

Next week the series heads to Chicago for the USG 300 where Casey Mears is the defending race winner.

Race Notes

NASCAR officials impounded the front springs of Kyle Busch’s race winning car. Without indicating that a rule infraction had occurred, the springs were reported to be extremely close to tolerance of the spring rate. The springs were taken by NASCAR to there research and development facility in North Carolina for further inspection.

With all coverage of ten cars being forced to go home on the Cup side of the garage, many did not notice the short field for the Busch race. Only forty-two cars started the event.

The Busch cars enjoyed a handling advantage at Daytona. NASCAR allowed additional height on the rear spoilers for the race as well as aero –dynamic modifications to the cars roofs.

The rain delay saw a noted drop in attendance for the event, of the 65,000 tickets sold approximately 40,000 patrons returned to watch the event

Dale Earnhardt Jr returned to the Busch series driving his own entry. Earnhardt wheeled the number eighty-eight Navy car for recently released driver Shane Huffman. Earnhardt finished fourteenth. Indications among the team where that Brad Keselowski will resume the ride in Chicago… It was one year ago that JR Motorsports made a similar move pulling Mark McFarland form the car, allowing Jr to compete in an event and then fielding a replacement.

Brian Vickers, running a third Braun Racing entry, qualified twelfth and finished thirteenth in his first Busch Series start of the 2007 season

Timothy Peters has been released from Richard Childress Racing.

Kertus Davis has been sidelined from Kevin Harvick Incorporated.