Three G-W-C attempts later, Kyle Busch claims seventh NNS win

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Kyle Busch had to withstand the maximum three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish before finally winning his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Fuel mileage became a major issue for drivers because of the G-W-C attempts, but Busch, who last pitted on Lap 119, was able to hang on and beat Brian Vickers by about half-a-second in the CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” 200 – a race that went 13 laps beyond its scheduled 200-lap distance.

“We pitted two laps after Brian, so I think that was part of it,” said Busch. “I think the other part of it too was Brian and the 3 [Austin Dillon] were running really, really hard trying to beat each other, obviously, and race really hard there.

“When I got out front with the two-second lead or whatever like that, I started rolling out of the gas early getting into the corners, not using a whole lot of brake and just kind of saving my tires, saving my brakes, saving the fuel and doing what I could to just be ready like [crew chief] Adam [Stevens] kept saying on the radio in case there is a green-white-checker to have something left to go race at the end.”

The first G-W-C attempt ended under caution as Landon Cassill ran out of fuel. That brought up G-W-C attempt No. 2, which also ended with a wreck involving Joey Logano, Parker Kligerman, and Paul Menard that triggered a short red flag period for cleanup.

Austin Dillon finished third to claim the $100,000 “Dash 4 Cash” bonus that was on the line between himself, Elliott Sadler, Kyle Larson and Sam Hornish Jr. Brian Scott and Michael Annett completed the Top 5.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.