One week after the major incident at Gateway involving Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards the Nationwide series drivers are at O'reilly Raceway Park for the Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children. The short race has Trevor Bayne back on the poll again just like he was last year.
Brad Keselowski stated that his car unbelievably quick in practice. "Really fast Fastenal Ford," said Carl Edwards.
Rain that could come later on tonight caused the race to get started early.
Right at the drop of the green flag cars started wrecking big time, but the caution did not come out. One car got a slow start which wound up causing Jason Leffer to get some major front end damage, Matt DiBenedetto, and Brad Keselowski also got some damage. This wound up causing Carl Edwards to be ahead of Brad Keselowski for a while. Trevor Bayne though starting the race off leading laps.
Brad wound up passing Carl cleanly as Carl started to slowly drop back in the field.
Kyle Busch started to get hot and was right behind Trevor Bayne for th lead of the race at lap 33. At lap 40 it was Kyle Busch finally taking over the lead of the race. The green lag racing continued until Derrick Griffin crashes. Derrick is in his first Nationwide Series race.
The leaders pit and Kyle Busch wins the race off pit road. At the drop of the green flag Trevor Bayne took the race lead back from Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch though was getting hot again and was able to get the lead of the race back a few laps before the halfway point of the race. Trevor Bayne then was starting to slowly go back as Brad Keselowski was getting hot as was able to move into second place at lap 111. The green flag racing finally stopped on lap 118 for debris.
The leaders pit and Kyle Busch won the race off pit road again. Green flag racing did not last long as Kevin Swindell and Jason Keller quickly get together to bring out the caution.
The green flag drops again at lap 133 and Kyle Busch easily got the lead of the race. At lap 140 Carl and Brad were right behind each other.
On the next lap though the caution comes out as the cars of David Starr and Morgan Shepherd get together.
It was another short green flag run this time and Ron Hornaday who was running in the top five wound up blowing a tire. J.C. Stout wound up getting involved in the mess with Ron. This caution wound up brining some of the cars down pit road for service including Carl Edwards. Kyle Busch wound up staying out.
"That was a hard hit," said Ron Hornaday.
At the drop of the green flag Carl Edwards and his fresh tires quickly moved him up through the field as Kyle Busch was leading laps. With 21 laps left Carl Edwards was up to second. As the laps were winding down Carl was slowly getting closer to Kyle.
With six laps left the caution finally comes out as Joe Nemechek spins out. At the drop of the green/white checker finish Kyle quickly got the lead of the race. Carl Edwards goes down low once and winds up hitting Kyle, but does not get the lead of the race. On the final lap Carl tried to go low again, but could not get the lead again as Kyle takes the win. It was his eighth win this season in the Nationwide Series.
"It was good, clean, hard fought battle," said Kyle Busch on final laps of the race.
"He(Kyle) beat us today," said Carl Edwards who finished second.
"I had a blast," said Aric Almirola who finished third.
Brad Keslowski stated that he could just not catch a break today. He finished in eighth.