It was a tale of two halves for Kyle Busch.
During the first half of Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, Busch led just one of the 100 laps.
In the second half, no one other than Busch led as he cruised to victory over Joey Logano in the Dover 200.
The win is Busch’s fifth of the season, 68th of his career and fifth in the series at Dover.
“In the first half, I knew we had a good car and I was just kind of biding my time and just chillin’ and trying to pass those guys. The opportunity never really presented itself quick enough,” Busch said.
“We did a great job on our pit stop beating (Logano) off pit road. It was great to be able to get out front like that and show what this car had for speed. We were really, really fast.”
Logano looked unbeatable in the fist half of the race as he led 95 of the first 99 laps.
During a round of pit stops on Lap 100, Busch grabbed the lead on pit road with Logano coming out right behind him. Logano never got an opportunity to attempt a pass for the lead the rest of the race.
“The first half of the race was awesome. After we lost the lead, our car was really tight and I’m not really sure why,” Logano said. “The Nationwide races are so short, there wasn’t time to make a lot of changes.
“You got to be able to move around on the race track to pass in traffic and it’s very hard to do that.”
Chase Elliott rallied from an early wreck to finish third, Chris Buescher was fourth and Elliott Sadler fifth.
Elliott continues to lead the standings and holds a 26-point lead over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith, who finished eighth.
“I’m proud and frustrated at the same time,” Elliott said. “We had a fast car from the get-go until I get caught up when a couple guys got together and I couldn’t get slowed down.
“I couldn’t get stopped in time to miss those guys. I really felt like we had a car that could compete with Kyle (Busch). It’s just so hard to pass.”