Kurt Busch Wins Zippo 200 at The Glen
Busch brothers dominate as elder claims victory over Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch swapped the lead with his younger brother six times during the Zippo 200.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – The Busch brothers lead every lap of the 17th Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen, with the elder Kurt (No. 22 Ruby Tuesday/Discount Tire Dodge), taking the win ahead of Jimmie Johnson (No. 7 Jimmie Johnson’s Anything with an Engine Chevrolet) and Joey Logano (No. 20 GameStop Toyota). The brothers swapped the lead six times, with the younger Kyle No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota) leading four times for 48 of the 85 laps.
Pole-sitter Kurt battled his brother Kyle hard, but fair throughout the 1:57.14 event. Kyle had to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 17 after an off-course excursion blocked his radiator with grass. This stop put Kyle off sequence with the other drivers. By the end of the race, he was forced to conserve fuel and eventually pit for a splash-and-go on lap 78. He was able to battle back to finish a strong fourth.
Johnson was able to overcome two unscheduled trips through the pit lane due to a fuel can that stayed connected to his car when he left the pits after his first stop. He and his crew thought the penalty was a drive-through penalty and did just that as soon as they were notified. Unfortunately, the proper execution of the penalty was a stop-and-go trip down pit road. NASCAR forced Johnson to take that penalty promptly. With crafty race strategy and determined driving, Johnson was able to put himself in position to take advantage of a late-race caution, resulting in a podium after a Green-White-Checker finish.
New York native Tim George Jr. (No. 21 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Chevrolet) drove a solid race to finish 21st, one place better than he qualified. Ron Fellows (No. 5 Canadian Tire Chevrolet) was the highest placed of the Nationwide points-eligible drivers, bringing his machine home in seventh place.
With a 15th place finish, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 6 RickyvsTrevor.com Ford) kept his NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead, with 816 points, 10 ahead of Reed Sorensen (No. 32 Dollar General Ford) who finished 13th.
The average speed of the Zippo 200 at The Glen was 106.582 mph. Kurt Busch’s margin of victory was 0.974 seconds.
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