Late surge sends Logano past Busch for Nationwide victory

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Joey Logano has plenty of experience racing teammate Kyle Busch for wins. He’s also had his fill of losing races to Busch.

Given another chance Saturday to knock off his teammate, Logano got aggressive on a late restart to get past Busch and then used a push from Brad Keselowski to hold on at Kansas Speedway for his second Nationwide Series win of the year.

It was the 16th Nationwide victory this season for Joe Gibbs Racing and gave Toyota the manufacturers title for the third consecutive year.

Busch, who led a race-high 64 laps while chasing his 12th Nationwide win of the year, faded to third behind Logano and Keselowski.

It appeared Mike Wallace, who used fuel strategy to grab the lead late, would steal the win. But a caution for Trevor Bayne’s spin forced him to surrender the lead to pit for gas, and Busch and Logano slid into the top two positions.

Logano ran Busch high up the track on the restart with six laps to go and darted past his teammate for the lead. But a wreck by Aric Almirola moments later brought out another caution, and Logano fretted about potential payback from Busch on the final restart.

It never came into play as points leader Keselowski, who was lined up behind Logano, gave a huge push to help Logano clear Busch. Keselowski said later he was paying Logano back for giving him similar help in a win at Talladega.

Busch, who was livid over his team radio after Logano ran him high to take the lead, was far more reserved after the race.

“When Brad pushed him on the final restart, I knew there was nothing I could do,” Busch said with a shrug.

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