Kyle Busch continued his weekend dominance of Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday. After leading three quarters of and winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track on Friday evening, Busch followed up by leading 124 laps of the 200-lap Buckle Up 200 Nationwide Series race on Saturday afternoon en route to another win. It’s his third Nationwide win of the season, his fourth series win at Dover, and the ninth at the track across all three of NASCAR’s three national series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck).
“We were out front when it mattered, and we just had to pick our way through lap traffic,” Busch said.
Trevor Bayne finished second, Joey Logano was third, Matt Kenseth fourth, and Chase Elliott rounded out the top-five.
Logano, who was going after a fifth-straight Nationwide win at Dover started on the pole, but lost the lead to Elliott on the first lap. Logano retook the lead, though, by staying out during the first caution of the race on lap 17.
Brian Scott also stayed out during the caution, and Logano and Scott ran first and second for awhile after the race restarted. Busch, who took four tires during the yellow flag, restarted just outside the top-five, but he quickly made his way into the top-three. Busch then got by Scott for second don lap 49 to challenge Logano for the race lead. Busch was closing on Logano when the yellow flag waved for the second time for debris on lap 74. He then got off pit road first to restart with the top spot, a position he maintained for the remainder of the race.
Kenseth took second from Logano on the restart that followed. Logano then lost another position to Bayne on the next restart that followed a caution for debris with about 60 laps remaining.
“I needed better restarts,” Logano said. “I needed to get up close, there.”
Bayne took second from Kenseth on the fourth and final restart of the race with just under 50 laps to go and challenged Busch for the win the remainder of the race distance. Bayne gained ground on Busch and the lead late in the race, but Busch pulled away again in the closing laps.
“The last 10 laps or so we got really, really tight,” Bayne said. “I kinda ran off my tires trying to get to him.”
Soon after Bayne took second from Kenseth, Logano also got by Kenseth to take third.
Finishing sixth through 10th were Kyle Larson, Scott, Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler and Regan Smith.