Wimmer Plays a Victory Song in Music City
Kyle Busch's loss was Scott Wimmer's gain.
Busch dominated Saturday's Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway but lost control of his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota off Turn 4 after leading 125 of the first 162 laps.
That handed the lead to Richard Childress Racing's Clint Bowyer, but RCR teammate Wimmer passed him for the lead with 20 laps to go to notch his first win in nearly five years.
Wimmer is also the first non-NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to win a NASCAR Nationwide Series race this season and the first since Jason Leffler won at O'Reilly Raceway Park last July.
Kyle Busch Runs to Nashville Pole Position
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Pepsi 300, his 12th pole in 114 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Busch lapped Nashville Superspeedway in 29.310 seconds at an average speed of 163.726 mph.
This is Busch’s first pole of the season and his fourth top-five start. Busch’s previous best start was second at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Busch’s previous best start at Nashville was third on June 12, 2004. The third-place start was his only other top-10 start at Nashville. He finished 17th that race.
Mike Bliss qualified on the outside pole position, notching his first top-10 start of the season. It is his fourth top-10 start at Nashville.
Steve Wallace put his Dodge third on the starting grid, earning his first top-10 start of the season. It is second top-10 start at Nashville – he won the pole here in the second Nashville race last season.
Making his first start of the season for Roush Racing, youngster Colin Braun (ninth) qualified the fastest of those drivers who were required to make the field on time.