Kyle Busch Wins Third Straight Nationwide Series Race

Samuel SicaAnalyst IApril 20, 2008

     The Nationwide Series headed south, across the border, to race this week on the road course in Mexico City.

     Colin Braun, 19 years of age, earned his first career pole in just his third start in the nationwide series. The field included six drivers from Mexico and seven drivers from the Sprint Cup Series.

     Braun led the first lap of the race but was quickly passed by Scott Pruett on lap two for the lead. Pruett almost won last years race in Mexico if it weren't for Juan Pablo Montoya spinning him out in the late laps. Montoya went on to win the race while Pruett dropped back to finish fifth.

     Pruett led the race until he made a green flag pit stop on lap 17. This gave the lead to Braun again until he made a pit stop on lap 18. Carl Edwards, Patrick Carpentier, and Jason Keller would all lead a lap before making their green flag stops.

     Scott Wimmer would then take the lead on lap 22 and lead the race until lap 34 before Kyle Busch passed him. Shortly after, the second caution flag flew for an accident by David Reutimann and Kevin O'Connell. Wimmer took advantage coming down pit road with about half of the field behind him.

     Shortly after the restart another caution came out for fluid on the track. Pruett came to pit road, giving up the fourth position, with about ten other drivers.

     Busch would continue to lead and would have to pit under the green flag for fuel with just 33 laps to go. This would give the lead back to Edwards who would lead until a caution came out for a crash by Mexican driver Adrian Fernandez and Sam Hornish. Edwards would come to pit road for his final stop with about eight other drivers.

     Pruett was now back in the lead with Edwards restarting in the back of the field. Pruett was now looking for caution flags so he could conserve fuel to make it to the end of the race without making another pit stop. Pruett would get his wish when Marcos Ambrose spun Boris Said into Max Papis in turn one. Said was very upset with Ambrose saying "what comes around goes around." Said promised that he would get Ambrose back eventually.

     On the restart, Pruett would pull away by over six seconds from the second place car of Kyle Busch before a caution came out for debris with 18 laps remaining. The debris was from Colin Braun who blew a left front tire. Braun would end up finishing in the 33rd position.

     Pruett's lead was erased and he now had to hold off Kyle Busch if he wanted to win his first race in nascar. Pruett held Busch off until 8 laps remained in the race when Busch went under Pruett for the lead going into a turn.

     Pruett would do his best to stay with Busch but he said that his tires had gone away from him and he continued to fall behind. Busch would pull away and win his third straight race in the nationwide series and his first win on a road course.

     The top ten finishers were Busch, Ambrose, Pruett, Edwards, Carpentier, Clint Bowyer, Wimmer, Brad Keselowski, Mike Bliss, and Steve Wallace. Some other notable finishes were Reutimann in 11th, Mike Wallace in 12th, Adrian Fernandez in 14th, Max Papis in 15th, Jason Keller in 17th, and Kenny Wallace in 19th.

     Mexico is now in the history books and we can all look forward to a great weekend of racing action in Talladega next week.