Published on November 23rd, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Busch Wins Ford 300, N’wide Championship
Kyle Busch clinched the Nationwide Series championship when the green flag of the Ford 300 flew. Then, in the closing laps, he held off a hard-charging Carl Edwards to win the race, and earn his ninth victory of the season. He became the first driver since 1983 to win the final race of the season and the championship.
I come to races to win races and win trophies. We were able to do that as well as earn points this year and it added up to a championship which I feel just great about.
Top 5: Busch, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin.
David Reutimann, Ryan Newman, Steve Wallace, Scott Speed, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Brendan Gaughan (11th), Brad Keselowski (12th), Jason Keller (13th), Mike Bliss (16th), Kenny Wallace (17th), Jason Leffler (18th), Justin Allgaier (20th), Kelly Bires (29th), and Joe Nemechek (36th).
The fued between Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski continued on Saturday. Hamlin made good on a threat he made the week before, after he and Keselowski got into it. On lap 35, he got into the back of Keselowski’s No. 88 GoDaddy.com JR Motorsports Chevy and spun him out.
I feel great right now. It was well worth it. … To me, it’s a victory for all the guys he’s taken out over the last 10 weeks. A lot of guys took swipes at him and missed. So to be honest with you, I’m surprised he was able to drive it in.
[Hamlin has] got a lot of problems on and off the race track. I have a feeling when he gets up in the morning, he’s not going to feel any better about himself.
I didn’t really expect anything. I really wasn’t thinking about it. If it was going to happen, it was going to happen. So I wasn’t really fretting over it. But it is what it is. I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning and probably not think about it.
Hamlin was penalized one lap for spinning Keselowski, and NASCAR indicated that no further penalties would come.
See the incident here: