Hornish holds off fiery Busch


By GREG BEACHAM

AP Sports Writer

LAS VEGAS — Sam Hornish Jr. survived two restarts in the final 15 laps and held off Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Hornish led 114 laps in his second career Nationwide victory, but needed a strong finish to outrun Busch, the hometown driver who won the Nationwide race last week in Phoenix.

Hornish and Busch both went aggressively after the final restart with seven laps to go, with Busch briefly nudging ahead before Hornish reclaimed the lead with five laps left.

Hornish got clear of Busch and finished comfortably in a caution-filled race.

Pole sitter Brian Vickers finished third, with Trevor Bayne fourth and Elliott Sadler fifth. Travis Pastrana came in 10th, four spots ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR Nationwide

Sam’s Town 300

Saturday

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, Nev.

Lap length: 1.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (7) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 200 laps, 145.6 rating, 48 points.

2. (23) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, 117.1, 0.

3. (1) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 200, 127.4, 42.

4. (2) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 200, 106, 41.

5. (15) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 200, 103.5, 39.

6. (4) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, 111.5, 39.

7. (12) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, 102.7, 38.

8. (18) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 200, 92.2, 36.

9. (3) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, 100.2, 35.

10. (31) Travis Pastrana, Ford, 200, 79.6, 34.

11. (5) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, 92, 0.

12. (17) Brad Sweet, Chevrolet, 200, 79.9, 32.

13. (11) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 200, 81.7, 31.

14. (32) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 200, 85, 0.

15. (10) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 199, 81.4, 29.

16. (9) Reed Sorenson, Ford, 198, 70.8, 28.

17. (20) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 198, 59.7, 27.

18. (21) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 198, 67, 0.

19. (27) Johanna Long, Chevrolet, 198, 64.3, 25.

20. (40) Scott Lagasse Jr., Chevrolet, 198, 58, 24.

21. (22) Blake Koch, Toyota, 198, 64.2, 23.

22. (36) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 197, 49.2, 22.

23. (37) Dexter Stacey, Ford, 197, 50, 21.

24. (14) Hal Martin, Toyota, 197, 52.6, 20.

25. (26) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 195, 45.5, 19.

26. (34) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ford, 195, 57.1, 19.

27. (16) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 194, 55.1, 17.

28. (30) Juan Carlos Blum, Ford, 193, 36.8, 16.

29. (29) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, 192, 34.6, 15.

30. (8) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 189, 72.7, 14.

31. (25) Daryl Harr, Chevrolet, 189, 32.7, 13.

32. (13) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, accident, 182, 65.9, 13.

33. (38) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, accident, 181, 36.3, 11.

34. (19) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 167, 46.3, 10.

35. (28) Jason White, Toyota, 156, 40.3, 9.

36. (35) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, engine, 153, 33.8, 0.

37. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 144, 92.4, 0.

38. (33) Jeff Green, Toyota, vibration, 16, 33.1, 6.

39. (39) Chase Miller, Chevrolet, vibration, 5, 30.2, 5.

40. (24) Eric McClure, Toyota, oil pump, 2, 28.7, 4.

Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 125.087 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 23 minutes, 54 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 1.100 seconds.

Caution Flags: 8 for 37 laps.

Lead Changes: 19 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B.Vickers 1-7; A.Dillon 8; B.Vickers 9-19; B.Keselowski 20-37; T.Bayne 38-56; R.Smith 57-60; S.Hornish Jr. 61-82; B.Vickers 83; J.Earnhardt 84; T.Bayne 85-86; K.Larson 87; B.Vickers 88-93; S.Hornish Jr. 94-138; B.Vickers 139; K.Busch 140-144; B.Vickers 145; K.Busch 146-152; S.Hornish Jr. 153-193; K.Busch 194; S.Hornish Jr. 195-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): S.Hornish Jr., 4 times for 114 laps; B.Vickers, 6 times for 27 laps; T.Bayne, 2 times for 21 laps; B.Keselowski, 1 time for 18 laps; K.Busch, 3 times for 13 laps; R.Smith, 1 time for 4 laps; A.Dillon, 1 time for 1 lap; J.Earnhardt, 1 time for 1 lap; K.Larson, 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: 1. S.Hornish Jr., 127; 2. J.Allgaier, 108; 3. E.Sadler, 108; 4. B.Scott, 108; 5. R.Smith, 103; 6. A.Dillon, 100; 7. B.Vickers, 96; 8. T.Bayne, 95; 9. N.Piquet Jr., 93; 10. A.Bowman, 90.

 

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