NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover 2014: Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

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NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover 2014: Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction
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Kyle Busch took over the lead early and never gave it up to win the Buckle Up 200 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

The driver is really enjoying his trip to Delaware, as he has now won on back-to-back days:

He also came in first place in Friday's Truck Series event.

Trevor Bayne had a strong finish to end up in second place, which will help him in the series standings. Joseph Wolkin of Speedway Digest was impressed by the performance:

Some familiar names finished right behind Bayne, with Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth taking third and fourth, respectively. Here is a complete look at the top 10, courtesy of NASCAR.com:

2014 Buckle Up 200 Results
Pos. No. Name Behind
1 54 Kyle Busch -
2 6 Trevor Bayne 1.005
3 22 Joey Logano 1.669
4 20 Matt Kenseth 2.742
5 9 Chase Elliott 3.007
6 42 Kyle Larson 3.647
7 2 Brian Scott 4.262
8 3 Ty Dillon 6.642
9 11 Elliott Sadler 7.647
10 7 Regan Smith 7.858

via NASCAR.com

Bayne was the big winner in the standings, but Regan Smith remains in first after his 10th-place finish at Dover. Here is a look at the updated standings, courtesy of NASCAR.com

NASCAR Nationwide Series Standings
Pos. No. Name Points
1 7 Regan Smith 448
2 11 Elliott Sadler 444
3 9 Chase Elliott 426
4 6 Trevor Bayne 421
5 3 Ty Dillon 414
6 2 Brian Scott 391
7 62 Brendan Gaughan 341
8 99 James Buescher 332
9 60 Chris Buescher 328
10 31 Dylan Kwasniewski 303

via NASCAR.com

Logano earned the pole for this race but lost the lead before the first lap, as Chase Elliott came on strong early, as noted by NASCAR Nationwide on Twitter:

After Elliott pitted on Lap 19, Logano stayed out and took over the lead, which he was able to build up to almost two full seconds. The lead stuck until a pit stop on Lap 77, one that saw Busch move into the lead for the first time all day.

Busch had a 13.3-second stop to race out into first place. Rowdy was then able to keep his lead and build on it while his competitors struggled to just keep up. Elliott had a hard time gaining track position following the stop, via JR Motorsports:

After keeping the lead through the halfway point, Busch was then able to build on it until a caution seemed to be the only thing capable of slowing him down:

Meanwhile, Kenseth held onto second place, with Logano, Bayne and Elliot slightly behind him. This battle actually seemed to be the most interesting part of the day given the way Busch was dominating the field.

Bayne and then Elliott eventually passed Kenseth to move into second and third, respectively.

However, it was Busch who remained ahead of the pack and came away with the impressive victory, putting him in a class by himself at Dover:

He now has one more competition to go this weekend, but it will be the toughest. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will feature the best drivers in the world competing in the FedEx 400. Still, Busch clearly has the talent to win at the Monster Mile after winning this event nine times total (across all three series).

He said after the second win:

If he can have a similar showing to what he did in the first two races, Busch can certainly come through with the clean sweep.

 

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