Starting from fourth place would be no match for the 54 Toyota of Kyle Busch. Saturday, at Dover International Speedway, Kyle Busch was able to pull away on the last restart and take the lead, leaving Trevor Bayne to settle for second, and pole sitter, Joey Logano, to settle for third.
The race started with Joey Logano leading the field to the start/finish line, but not long enough to lead the first lap. The outside pole sitter, Chase Elliot, was able to pass, and further on lead the first 17 laps, with Logano trailing behind him.
On lap 17, the first caution came out when Todd Bodine’s car began to smoke and NASCAR suspected there was fluid on the track. Chase Elliot elected to pit, bringing down some cars behind him. Joey Logano stayed out and resumed the lead. Brian Scott also decided to stay out, occupying second place.
After a lengthy clean-up, the race resumed on lap 26 where Joey Logano was able to jump out front and lead his first laps of the day.
On lap 35, Kyle Larson slapped the wall. His team was initially worried about potential tire issues after last week’s winner slipped from seventh to thirteenth. Despite not pitting and battling a loose race car, by lap 60, Kyle Larson was able to fight his way back up to 9th, ahead of Elliot Sadler. Sadler falling back after taking only two tires during his lap pit stop.
Despite not pitting, Joey Logano was able to run consistently faster lap times in the lead. Another Sprint Cup contender, Kyle Busch, began to reel in Joey Logano after passing Brian Scott on lap 49. By lap 56, Kyle Busch was able to cut Joey Logano’s 2 second lead to seven tenths of a second.
On lap 74, caution number two came out when debris was spotted on the back stretch. Joey Logano led the field down pit road. Logano and Scott pitted for the first time on this stop.
Despite leading the field down pit road, Kyle Busch was able to beat Logano back off pit road, putting him up front for the first time in the race. On the restart, Busch was able to pull away, bringing Matt Kenseth with him, relegating Logano to third place.
The running order stayed much of the same until lap 140, when caution number 3 came out for debris in turn three. On lap 141, Kyle Busch led the field down pit road, and was able to keep the lead by beating Matt Kenseth back out onto the track.
On lap 146, the race returned green, with Matt Kenseth keeping second and Kyle Busch jumping ahead of the field. The green flag did not last long – the yellow coming out on lap 150. Ryan Reed spun and came down the track, colliding with Cale Conley.
On lap 159 the race returned to green, with Kyle Busch streaking out ahead of Matt Kenseth, and Trevor Bayne. Bayne was able to jump to second during the restart as well, leaving Joey Logano scrambling in fourth.
On lap 178, the top five only changed a little – Logano finally passed Matt Kenseth for third. At this point, birthday boy Dylan Kwasniewski tire was rubbing and he decided to head down pit road.
Kyle Busch was able to pull away after it appeared second and third place were catching up and won The Buckle Up 20 at Dover International Speedway. He was followed by Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliot, Kyle Larson, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Elliot Sadler, and Regan Smith.
Smith keeps the point lead over Elliot Sadler after his streak of finishing in the top ten of every Nationwide race this season.