LOUDON, N.H. — Kyle Busch was able to continue one trend and snap another Saturday.
Busch passed Joey Logano with 36 laps remaining and held on to win the Camping World RV Sales 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
He became the 23rd different winner in 23 NASCAR Nationwide Series races at the track. Busch also failed to lead the most laps in a race for the first time since Phoenix in April. He won only two races in the eight-race stretch.
It was Logano who led the most laps but couldn’t get the victory.
“Now those guys know how I feel all the time,” Busch said of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate.
It’s the third time two drivers finished 1-2 in a race this year, the first with Busch being victorious.
“[It was] a smart, well thought out race,” said Busch. “We just took our time getting up through there.”
Busch started ninth but struggled with his car not turning enough in the corners. He didn’t crack the top five until lap 70.
“Jason [Ratcliff, crew chief] made some really good calls for it,” said Busch. “[He] just kept trying to make it better all race.”
“We had a pretty good Gamestop Toyota, just not good enough,” said Logano, who made his first Nationwide start at New Hampshire. “We had a good run going, led the most laps. I know how Kyle feels to lead the most laps and not win.”
Logano led six times for a total of 108 laps. He battled Carl Edwards for the lead until the second caution when Edwards had trouble on his pit stop, dropping him from the lead to eighth.
“The pit stop set us back,” said Edwards. “Man, it’s hard to pass. I did everything I could, but that’s all I could get.”
Edwards finished sixth after leading 51 laps, but believes if he came out with the lead, he would’ve stayed there.
“My car was good, it was great,” said Edwards. “It was just track position. If we had come out of that pit stop leading, it would’ve been hard for those guys to pass [me].”
Trouble passing was a common complaint among the drivers.
“We couldn’t pass,” said Mike Bliss, who finished fourth. “We don’t have enough gear or motor on the bottom [lane].”
Brad Keselowski finished third followed by Bliss, Kevin Harvick, Edwards, Greg Biffle, Scott Speed, Erik Darnell and Jason Leffler.
Keselowski was happy with his third-place effort.
“We weren’t probably a third-place car today,” said Keselowski. “It shows the strength of my team. I’m proud of them for that.”
Bliss took the lead on lap 158 when he stayed on the track while the leaders hit pit road for the final time.
“It was good enough for a top five,” said Bliss. “We wouldn’t have finished there [without staying out].”
Sean Caisse, who drove for Cherryfield native Andy Santerre for two years in the Camping World Series East, made his second start for Richard Childress Racing but struggled all weekend.
The Pelham, N.H., native qualified last and worked his way up to 23rd by the lap 65, but stalled there.
“I’m a rookie and we were off a little bit on the setup,” said Caisse, who finished 22nd, two laps down. “So my biggest thing was try to be as conservative as I could with those lead cars. I tried to give them as much room as I could.
“We could have stayed up there a little bit more, but I know one day, I’m going to be racing them and I want to have some respect and I hope I showed them a little bit of respect this week.”
Though he’s driving for a Sprint Cup-affiliated team, his car was unsponsored.
“On a tight budget it stinks that it happened at a place like this,” said Caisse of his home track. “I wish we could have finished all the laps [… but] I don’t think there’s any scratches on the car, which is good when we’re on a tight budget.”
Caisse finished 29th in his debut for RCR at Nashville in June after being involved in a crash. He made one other start in the series in 2006 when he finished 42nd at Dover for Kevin Harvick Inc.