In a final, 13-lap sprint to the finish, Kyle Busch managed to stay ahead of Kasey Kahne and win the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his sixth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the year. Busch led 186 of 200 laps en route to his seventh NNS win in Charlotte, which broke a tie with Mark Martin
“Anytime you’re tied with somebody, you want to beat them,” said Busch after his 57th career win in the NNS. “To be tied with the greats in this sport like the Mark Martins or the Jack Ingrams — it makes it pretty special to beat those guys and the records they set at different tracks or whatever has been done before.
“Certainly, it’s never easy, but I felt like we had a good car. We were in good position and I told [crew chief] Adam [Stevens], ‘If this track gets hot, these guys are in trouble because they seem to slip slide around more than we do.’ I felt like our car was really good. I’m proud of the fact that what I felt actually came true today.”
Busch managed to keep the field behind despite being on older rubber. When Travis Pastrana crashed to bring out the caution at Lap 165, he opted to stay out along with Kahne and six other competitors. Two more cautions would come out on Laps 178 and 184 to bunch the field, but Busch still stayed at the top through it all.
Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the Top 5 finishers.
SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.
Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.
Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.
Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.
Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.
With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.
Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.
Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.
GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.