The race has ended at Chicagoland Speedway with Kyle Busch piloting the Z-Line Designs 18 Toyota to victory lane. Her Danicaship (A.K.A. Danica Patrick) brought the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet home in the 24th position.
The race was kind of boring for the most part. Long green flag runs were the story of the night. Kyle got the lead of the race shortly after it started, and kept it there most of the night. The first caution of the race was not seen until around lap 70 of 200. This caution was kind of bogus when a driver barely got into the wall. You could barely even see that the car had touched the wall. The look of it gave the appearance that NASCAR was just looking for any type of excuse to throw the yellow.
On to Her Danicaship. She kept the car clean all night. Danica did go down a lap relatively quickly. She appeared to have a car that she could not drive into the corners very hard. She made her first pit stop under green, and then stayed out during the first caution to take the wave around. She held ground in the Luck Dog spot until the leaders began lapping the last cars on the lead lap. With Her Danicaship not wrecking the car that ended my streak of predictions of what would happen to her during the races. Oh well, a new streak can start the next time she races.
The race did not get interesting until toward the end. With some cautions at the end, all of the cars on the track could make it to the end (sort of). On a restart with around 54 laps to go, Baby Joey Logano driving the equally childishly sponsored Lego Harry Potter Game Stop #20 Toyota took the lead from Busch. Baby Joey kept the lead until a caution sent the race to a green white checker finish. When this caution came out, the leaders all came down pit road for various tire strategies and fuel. Brad Keslowski missed his pit stall and came out as the leader. He attempted to pit again, but missed the commitment cone and stayed out to see if he could make it on fuel. Before the green flag dropped, Keslowski ran out of fuel allowing Busch to move up next to Baby Joey for the restart.
Busch powered past Baby Joey on the restart and never looked back. After Busch took the white flag, effectively ending the race, a number of cars wrecked on the front stretch. Busch came around and took the checkered flag to pass Mark Martin as the driver with the most wins on tracks that are a mile and half in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Keep in mind as well that Busch further extended his lead on the most laps led by any driver in the history of the Nationwide Series.
With the Dollar General 300 in the books, the NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to St. Louis next week.
One note on the Evil Empire (A.K.A. Jimmie Johnson) from the Cup Series. The Evil Empireâ€™s wife gave birth to a baby girl earlier this week. Congratulations to the Evil Empire on the birth of his first child. Keep in mind that Jeff Gordonâ€™s wife has a child expected in the near future as well. Hopefully the lack of sleep the Evil Empire will be experiencing will help slow him down. Hopefully the lack of sleep Gordon will experience in the near future will not cause his any concern on the track.
Stay tuned for the LifeLock.com 400 tomorrow night at the Chicagoland Speedway!