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Kyle Busch Wins Autism Speaks 400

Wins both races at Dover
Sunday, May 16, 2010

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Kyle Busch took advantage of a rare mistake by four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson to pull away for an easy win Sunday in the Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEY'S Milk & Milkshakes at Dover International Speedway.

Busch, 25, a champion in waiting, and Johnson, a proven one, waged quite a battle on the high-banked, 1-mile track, the lead see-sawing back and forth between the two each time the race resumed following five caution periods and assorted green-flag stops.

But when Johnson was flagged for speeding while exiting the pits during a round of green-flag stops on Lap 363 and forced to return to pit road to serve a drive-through penalty, the battle was effectively over.

By the time Johnson returned to the track, he was one lap down. And Busch was long gone.

“We snookered him on that one,” Busch told his crew as he streaked past the finish line. “He saw us coming, and he sped.”

Pitting closer to the entrance to pit road, Johnson had completed his stop and was making his way back onto the track when Busch shot out of his pit box alongside him.

Johnson said he didn’t speed up to beat Busch back onto the track but was penalized for speeding before reaching Busch’s pit stall.

“Yeah, I guess I got busted in the segment just leaving, or after, our pit box, the very next one,” Johnson said. “So what I can take from this is that I got a much better launch out of my pit box than I did on other pit stops and then was speeding in that given area.

“At the end (of pit road), I wasn’t busted. I knew Kyle had me beat when I saw the jack drop for him and he was easing away from me. And I kind of gave up at that point on racing him off of pit road because I knew we needed to be single file on the apron.”

Jeff Burton finished second by 7.551 seconds. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and David Reutimann completed the top five.

There were eight race leaders, but once Kasey Kahne faltered—bitten by a broken gear-shifter early in the race—the battle for the win was between Busch and Johnson.

“I think the race off pit road really won it for us,” Busch said, noting that he didn’t know if Johnson sped in an attempt to beat him back onto the track, “but that’s what I’m going with.

“I wouldn’t say that we psyched Jimmie out. I mean, he’s won four championships so he’s pretty much been through all the head games in this world.

“But … it kind of turned our way today. Unfortunately for those guys … they got busted for speeding and we weren’t able to beat them outright and race them around to the end of the race the last 30 laps.

“But I feel like our car was at least good enough where we could at least challenge them for it, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that we could have beat him today, with or without the penalty. But he had a fast racecar all day. It was a fun battle there racing him through the last … 100 laps or so.”

Busch led six times for 131 laps, and the win moved him to second in the point standings. He trails points leader Kevin Harvick, who finished seventh, by 69 points.

Johnson led eight times for 225 laps. His 16th-place finish, however, dropped him two spots to fourth, in the standings.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 190/5 400 Running
2 17 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 175/5 400 Running
3 21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 170/5 400 Running
4 14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 160/0 400 Running
5 13 00 David Reutimann Toyota 160/5 400 Running
6 24 16 Greg Biffle Ford 150/0 400 Running
7 30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 146/0 400 Running
8 9 99 Carl Edwards Ford 142/0 400 Running
9 16 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 138/0 400 Running
10 18 20 Joey Logano Toyota 134/0 400 Running
11 15 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 130/0 400 Running
12 1 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 132/5 400 Running
13 6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 124/0 400 Running
14 8 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 121/0 399 Running
15 3 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 118/0 399 Running
16 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 125/10 399 Running
17 7 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 112/0 399 Running
18 20 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge 109/0 398 Running
19 12 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 111/5 398 Running
20 2 9 Kasey Kahne Ford 108/5 398 Running
21 23 98 Paul Menard Ford 100/0 398 Running
22 39 83 Casey Mears Toyota 97/0 397 Running
23 29 82 Scott Speed Toyota 94/0 396 Running
24 37 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 91/0 396 Running
25 40 38 David Gilliland Ford 88/0 395 Running
26 22 6 David Ragan Ford 85/0 395 Running
27 31 26 David Stremme Ford 82/0 395 Running
28 19 19 Elliott Sadler Ford 79/0 394 Running
29 38 34 Travis Kvapil Ford 76/0 393 Running
30 27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 73/0 390 Running
31 42 7 Robby Gordon Toyota 70/0 386 Running
32 11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 67/0 354 Running
33 41 37 Kevin Conway * Ford 64/0 351 Running
34 10 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 61/0 312 Running
35 28 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 58/0 283 Susp.
36 26 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 55/0 222 Accident
37 25 46 J.J. Yeley Dodge 52/0 127 Engine
38 36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 49/0 67 Brakes
39 33 71 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 46/0 65 Electrical
40 32 09 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 43/0 36 Susp.
41 35 66 Dave Blaney Toyota 40/0 36 Electrical
42 34 55 Michael McDowell Toyota 37/0 33 Brakes
43 43 36 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 34/0 29 Electrical

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