Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Nationwide Series RaceSubmited By Faris Hussain
For the second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Carl Edwards went side-by-side for the lead on the final lap. But Saturday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Kyle Busch held Edwards off to win the Kroger 200 at the 0.686-mile track for his eighth victory of the 2016 season.
Edwards, who was docked 60 points and fined $25,000 for taking out series points leader Brad Keselowski at the end of last week's race in St. Louis, kept things clean this time.
Busch led 144 laps and had just enough at the end to fend off Edwards, who wasn’t about to send Busch into the wall a week after punting Keselowski on the final lap in St. Louis, a move that forced NASCAR officials to dock him 60 points and fine him $25,000.
Edwards hung back, thinking Busch would take his time before restarting. The second Edwards relaxed, Busch was gone.
"In my mind, I thought he was going to go late. As soon as I laid back, he took off," Edwards said.