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

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2014

DOVER, DE - MAY 31:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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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.NameBehind
154Kyle Busch-
26Trevor Bayne1.005
322Joey Logano1.669
420Matt Kenseth2.742
59Chase Elliott3.007
642Kyle Larson3.647
72Brian Scott4.262
83Ty Dillon6.642
911Elliott Sadler7.647
107Regan Smith7.858
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.NamePoints
17Regan Smith448
211Elliott Sadler444
39Chase Elliott426
46Trevor Bayne421
53Ty Dillon414
62Brian Scott391
762Brendan Gaughan341
899James Buescher332
960Chris Buescher328
1031Dylan Kwasniewski303
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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