March 23, 2013; Fontana, CA, USA; Nationwide Series driver Kyle Busch (54) celebrates following his victory of the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Busch Wins; Joe Gibbs Racing Continues Fontana Dominance


If you could describe the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series by choosing one driver, it would be Kyle Busch. He has been absolutely dominant so far this season.

This week the stars of NASCAR found themselves at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Three drivers should have been excited about that, while the other thirty-seven should not be. Joe Gibbs Racing has dominated Fontana. Heading into today’s race Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler, and Brian Vickers gave Gibbs a 1-2-3 start and three chances to win his ninth consecutive race as a car owner in the Nationwide Series at the track.

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Busch dominated the race and did just that. It was a record ninth consecutive race at the track for Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch can claim the rights to six of those nine wins too. Busch led 92 of the 150 laps this afternoon and held off a fast Sam Hornish Jr. in the end for the win.

Finishing out the top ten is: Regan Smith, Parker Kligerman, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Trevor Bayne, and Kevin Swindell.

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Swindell’s top-10 may be the most interesting and impressive of any of the 40 other drivers today. Swindell is a known ARCA Series driver who hasn’t had a great opportunity in NASCAR just yet, but he took a small, low funded team and put that car in the top-10.

The top five in drivers point standings after today’s Royal Purple 300 are: Sam Hornish Jr., Regan Smith (-28), Brian Scott (-31), Justin Allgaier (-32), Austin Dillon (-38).

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