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Busch rallies for Phoenix Nationwide win

Does it in spectacular style
Saturday, April 10, 2010

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Kyle Busch celebrates winning the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. The victory moves Busch into sole possession of third place on the all time wins list in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
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Surging to the front after a restart with eight laps left in Friday night's Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Kyle Busch overcame a potentially devastating penalty with 50 laps left to post his second Nationwide Series win of the year and the 32nd of his career, third most all-time.

Busch restarted 10th on Lap 193 of 200 at the 1-mile track. By Lap 195 he had gained second position, and on Lap 196 he passed eventual third-place finisher Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Kevin Harvick passed Keselowski and came home second. Brendan Gaughan ran fourth and Greg Biffle fifth. Polesitter Carl Edwards, Paul Menard, Scott Lagasse Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Logano completed the top 10.

Keselowski took the lead in the series standings by four points over Edwards.

Logano led at the final restart but fell back through the field after sustaining damage from contact with Busch's car on pit road on Lap 191.

"Man, this car was pretty awesome tonight," Busch said. "It was super, super fast. Hopefully, that was an exciting win for the fans. I don't know how we could have made it any better of a show right there."

After a pass-thru penalty for jumping the restart, Kyle Busch closed 12 positions over the final 20 laps and passed Brad Keselowski on Lap 196 for the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 victory.
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Busch led the field to a restart on Lap 137 from the outside lane, but Keselowski nosed ahead before the cars reached the start-finish line. Cars in the outside lane stacked up behind Busch, triggering a 10-car wreck that necessitated a stoppage of nearly 10 minutes, as track workers cleaned up the debris.

NASCAR ruled that Busch failed to restart the race in the designated area between two red lines on the frontstretch wall and awarded the top position to Keselowski. On the subsequent restart on Lap 145, NASCAR posted Busch's No. 18 Toyota for a pass-through penalty for jumping the restart.

The penalty dropped Busch to 19th in the running order, 20 seconds behind Keselowski. Over the next 38 laps, Busch improved to 11th before NASCAR called a caution for debris on Lap 188.

"All I know is I paid NASCAR back by winning," Busch said.

Busch dominated early, having led 96 laps by the time Steve Wallace blew a right front tire on Lap 111 and bounced his No. 66 Toyota into the No. 01 Chevrolet of his uncle, Mike Wallace, to cause the fourth caution of the race.

In fact, the only segment of the race Busch didn't lead resulted from an out-of-sequence pit stop on Lap 17. Keselowski inherited the top spot for 15 laps, but Clint Bowyer stalled in Turn 1 to bring out the second caution, and Busch regained the lead by remaining on the track.

Bowyer replaced John Wes Townley in Richard Childress Racing's No. 21 Chevrolet after Townley wrecked the car in Friday morning's Nationwide practice session.

Townley, 20, crashed hard into the outside wall at the 1-mile track. Bowyer subsequently qualified a backup car 21st for Friday night's race.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Combos 195/10 200 Running
2 10 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 170/0 200 Running
3 3 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 170/5 200 Running
4 20 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota South Point Hotel & Casino 160/0 200 Running
5 4 27 Greg Biffle Ford Red Man Moist Snuff 155/0 200 Running
6 1 60 Carl Edwards Ford Copart 150/0 200 Running
7 5 98 Paul Menard Ford Richmond Water Heaters / Menards 146/0 200 Running
8 9 43 Scott Lagasse Jr. Ford Jason Aldean "Wide Open" / Broken Bow Records 142/0 200 Running
9 14 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford Roush Fenway Racing 138/0 200 Running
10 6 20 Joey Logano Toyota Sport Clips 139/5 200 Running
11 21 21 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Zaxby's 130/0 200 Running
12 13 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota Dollar General 127/0 200 Running
13 7 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Verizon Wireless 124/0 200 Running
14 18 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 121/0 200 Running
15 31 23 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet R3 Motorsports 118/0 200 Running
16 17 11 Brian Scott * Toyota BigSpot.com 115/0 200 Running
17 16 88 Kelly Bires Chevrolet Whisky River Jacksonville 112/0 200 Running
18 11 81 Michael McDowell Dodge Roto-Rooter 109/0 200 Running
19 22 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 106/0 200 Running
20 23 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 103/0 199 Running
21 40 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Tequila Sol Azul / Federated Auto Parts 100/0 199 Running
22 35 35 Jason Keller Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 97/0 198 Running
23 38 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 94/0 198 Running
24 36 61 Josh Wise Ford Radisson Hotel 91/0 198 Running
25 29 09 Jason Bowles Ford Sunrise Ford 88/0 198 Running
26 15 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet PetSmart / 21st Century "The Future of Pet Health" 85/0 197 Running
27 42 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty Odorblock / Fry's Food & Drug Stores 82/0 197 Running
28 27 1 James Buescher * Chevrolet Phoenix Racing 79/0 197 Running
29 41 05 Victor Gonzalez Jr. Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 76/0 195 Running
30 12 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 73/0 194 Running
31 19 10 Casey Mears Toyota Braun Racing 70/0 180 Running
32 24 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 67/0 176 Running
33 33 15 Michael Annett Toyota Germain.com / Pilot Travel Centers 64/0 160 Running
34 8 16 Colin Braun * Ford Roush Fenway Racing 61/0 137 Accident
35 26 7 Landon Cassill Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 58/0 136 Accident
36 43 183 John Borneman III Ford Twisted X Boots / Red Line Oil 55/0 134 Accident
37 25 73 Derrike Cope Dodge Charter / Dean Guitars 52/0 134 Accident
38 39 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Key Motorsports 49/0 127 Accident
39 30 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Faith Motorsports 46/0 56 Brakes
40 34 156 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Mac Hill Motorsports 43/0 36 Vibration
41 28 91 David Gilliland Chevrolet D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 40/0 19 Brakes
42 37 90 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 37/0 18 Brakes
43 32 92 Dennis Setzer Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 34/0 9 Oil Pump

* Denotes Rookie

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