Kurt Subs For “Blazingly Bad Brad”, Wins The Zippo 200

(photo courtesy nascar.com)

Subbing for “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing teammate Kurt Busch won the Zippo 200 Nationwide 200 at Watkins Glen Saturday.  In a race that could have assumed the former series title sponsor’s name, it was a “Busch Race”!  Between the brothers Busch, Kurt and Kyle, they led every single lap of the race!

Keselowski, who broke his ankle Aug. 3 during testing at Road Atlanta, watched the race from the ESPN television booth as Busch held off Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano to win his first Nationwide race since 2006 and his third in 12 career starts.

Busch won in a green-white-checkered finish that took the event three laps past its scheduled distance of 82 laps at the 2.45-mile road course.

The brothers Busch mixed it up early after starting 1-2 on the grid. Pole-sitter Kurt led the first eight laps before a bobble in the inner loop allowed Kyle to move around him to the outside on Lap 9. Kurt regained the lead soon after the cars crossed the start/finish line, outbraking his brother into Turn 1.

Kyle was forced to pit road on Lap 17, however, after picking up grass on the grille of his JGR #18 Z-Line Toyota when he left the pavement while negotiating the bus stop (inner loop). That put Kyle off-sequence from the rest of the lead pack, but he regained the top spot when those ahead of him made scheduled pit stops several laps later.

Here is the unofficial results of the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen.


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