Joey Logano snatched victory from Kyle Busch to claim his fourth Nationwide Series win of the year at Kansas Speedway. The 19-year-old passed Busch with three laps to go after the series' points leader led 173 of the 200 laps.
For the fourth time this year Logano was able to beat his more experienced Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate, despite Busch setting a new record for the most laps led in the series during a single season, with 2,226 spent up front.
Last week at Dover, Logano rolled his car several times during an incident in the Sprint Cup series race, something people kept him talking about this week. He was glad that his victory could shift everyone's focus out of what he reckoned to be the biggest crash of his career.
"This is awesome," Logano said. "From last week to now is talking about A to Z. That's awesome. I needed a win to stop everyone talking 'will he be alright with that roll?' This is a blast.
"I dug down deep and gave all I got. I thought I had a good [final] restart but the 88 [Keselowski] was pushing the 18 [Busch] and they got in front of me. That's all I had. I knew I wasn't going to get [Busch] on the bottom, so I started working the top and that was fun."
Busch was once again in disbelief to lose a race that looked to be his for the most part, but admitted being defeated by another driver, rather than another car, as he clearly had the dominant one from flag-to-flag.
"We had a great racecar and then came second today," said Busch. "My team did a great job to make my car the best out there today, but unfortunately we got beaten by another driver. It just wasn't meant to be, it wasn't our day today, I guess, and unfortunately we're here talking about a second-place finish."
The race started with 19-year-old Penske rookie Parker Kligerman on pole and leading the first lap of his Nationwide Series debut race. However, as soon as lap 9, Busch passed him and a lap later the second Joe Gibbs car of Logano also went by.
Busch broke away from the field leading until the first round of stops, and while the points leader pitted under green, others ran longer thanks to stopping earlier during the first caution of the day, on the second lap. Greg Biffle was one of those early stoppers, and he made the most of it as the second caution came out just after many had pitted for fuel and tires, catching a lot of drivers a lap down. The Roush Fenway racer, who had crashed during qualifying, inherited the lead, which he kept for a lap before pitting under the caution.
Busch reclaimed the lead when the stops cycled, but then the caution came out for a third time. Brad Keselowski moved in to the lead temporarily by staying out, but Busch quickly recovered it on the following restart to continue to set the pace.
Following the fourth caution of the day, on lap 109, Logano started to threaten Busch, remaining close enough to keep him honest. However, as the green-flag run got longer, he was unable to remain close enough before another caution came out for debris on lap 139.
Brian Vickers emerged ahead after taking on only two new tires, while most of the leaders went for a full set of new Goodyears. On the restart, Busch tried to reclaim the lead and although Vickers was able to fend him off initially, the order would be reinstated a lap later with Busch leading ahead of Biffle and Keselowski.
Vickers, who had already slid down to sixth place, then spun after making contact with Carl Edwards at the exit of Turn 4, bringing out the caution for the sixth time.
The leaders remained out and Busch continued to lead when the race resumed, while the battle for second started to build up between Keselowski, Biffle and Logano.
On lap 184, another caution came out but the leaders chose to stay out. With 12 laps to go the green flag waved and Busch was able to stay in control while Keselowski lost second to Logano, as the 19-year-old went in pursuit of the lead until a multi-car crash unfolded at Turn 2 when Brendan Vaughan spun Vickers around, sending both their cars against the barrier.
The green flag waved for the last time with six laps to go, this time Logano sharing the front row with Busch on the restart. The leader pulled away while Logano was able to come back from being overtaken by Keselowski to drive on the outside of his teammate with three laps remaining.
Logano pulled away from Busch to take the win, followed by Keselowski, Harvick and Biffle at the flag. Justin Allgaier was the highest finishing rookie, while Carl Edwards was seventh after pitting for four new tyres under the final caution.
The finish for the Roush Fenway driver means he continues to lose ground to Busch in the standings, while Keselowski closes to within 62 points of him in the championship.
Pos Driver Make Laps 1. Joey Logano Toyota 200 2. Kyle Busch Toyota 200 3. Brad Keselowski Chevrolet 200 4. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 200 5. Greg Biffle Ford 200 6. Justin Allgaier Dodge 200 7. Carl Edwards Ford 200 8. Scott Speed Toyota 200 9. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 20010. Reed Sorenson Toyota 20011. Jason Leffler Toyota 20012. Scott Wimmer Chevrolet 20013. Jason Keller Ford 20014. Brian Scott Toyota 20015. Steve Wallace Chevrolet 20016. Parker Kligerman Dodge 20017. Mike Wallace Chevrolet 20018. Erik Darnell Ford 20019. David Gilliland Chevrolet 20020. Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 20021. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 20022. Robert Richardson Jr Chevrolet 20023. Tony Raines Dodge 19724. Kevin Conway Chevrolet 19725. Eric McClure Ford 19626. Shelby Howard Chevrolet 19527. Matt Carter Ford 19428. Brian Vickers Toyota 19129. Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 19130. Michael Annett Toyota 18131. John Wes Townley Ford 10032. Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 9633. Peyton Sellers Chevrolet 7434. Jarit Johnson Chevrolet 4435. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 3936. Casey Atwood Chevrolet 2437. Patrick Sheltra Dodge 1838. Mark Green Chevrolet 1639. Michael McDowell Toyota 1240. Kevin Lepage Dodge 1141. Terry Cook Chevrolet 642. Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 443. Danny O'Quinn Jr Chevrolet 3