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Nationwide history made at Bristol

March 16th, 2013 8:00 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Nationwide history made at Bristol

BRISTOL — Kyle Busch made more Bristol Motor Speedway history with his victory in the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 on Saturday.
Busch added to his Nationwide Series all-time win record with his 53rd career victory. He tied Kevin Harvick with five Nationwide victories and it was his 13th BMS victory overall, tying him with Darrell Waltrip for the track record.
Waltrip won 12 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol and one in the Nationwide Series. Busch has five Sprint Cup wins, five Nationwide Series wins and three Camping World Truck Series wins.
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Kyle Larson was the breakout star of Saturday’s race, battling Busch to the bitter end.
The 20-year-old Larson, who was recently tabbed as a can’t miss prospect by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, lived up to the billing after a tough start to the season.
He had the distinction of being shown on more Nationwide Series highlights than any other driver this season. It was his No. 32 Chevrolet which was destroyed in a multi-car accident at the first race of the season at Daytona. The wreck left 28 fans injured from debris and both the front and back of Larson’s car was sheered off.
While aggressive coming up through the field, he impressed the race winner with his handling of his car on Saturday.
“A lot of people have been looking to see if he’s going to be a wrecker or a checker,” Busch said. “Even though he didn’t win, he was a checker. He didn’t put a fender on me all day long and raced me clean.”
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Johnson City driver Brad Teague qualified 38th and finished in 29th position in the No. 70 SCAG Toyota after an extremely eventual day.
It was Teague’s slower car which leaders Busch and Larson came up on at the finish, leading to a thrilling finish.
Earlier in the race, Teague and Hal Martin made contact which spurred a multi-car accident that collected the black No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon, the No. 43 Ford of Reed Sorenson and the No. 79 Ford of Jeffrey Earnhardt..
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Comedian Jeff Foxworthy addressed the media Saturday morning before the Nationwide Series race which bore the name of his Grit Chips.
Foxworthy, who is in Atlanta today taping a new show for CBS, talked about performing at the White House for former President George W. Bush during the press conference.
He also admitted to being an avid NASCAR fan, calling Bristol, Talladega and Daytona, three must-see redneck destinations. He added he plans to come back to Bristol in August as a fan.
Asked if NASCAR had provided any material for his redneck jokes, Foxworthy answered, “Plenty.” He even shared his favorite NASCAR-inspired redneck joke.
“My all-time favorite is, ‘If your son’s name is Dale Jr. and your name is not Dale, you might be a redneck,’” he said.
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Justin Allgaier won the pole for Saturday’s race with a alp of 15.380 seconds (124.759 mph) in his No. 31 Chevrolet.
It was Allgaier’s fourth pole in 145 Nationwide Series races. It was his first pole at Bristol in nine starts and his first of the season.
Austin Dillon qualified second at 15.425 (124.395) for an all-Chevrolet front row.
Sam Hornish Jr. in a Ford, Regan Smith in a Chevrolet and Elliott Sadler in a Toyota rounded out the top five.
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Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., won the inaugural Ray Cook Southern Nationals Series race at Volunteer Speedway on Friday night.
At the drop of the green flag, McDowell got the jump on outside front row starter Billy Ogle Jr. and the two ran 1-2 for the entire 40-lap race.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ty Dillon and Joey Coulter finished 10th and 17th, respectively.
Five-time Volunteer Speedway track champion Vic Hill of Morristown was 18th and legendary mud-slinger Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg finished 23rd.
Greg Estes of Jonesville, Va. won the 20-lap Modified Hobby feature, his first-ever win at Volunteer Speedway. Three-time track champion Jamie Whitt was second and Jonesborough driver Jon Cook finished third.

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