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Busch wins again at Bristol - 2 down 1 to go

by Pete McCole
Saturday, August 21, 2010


Kyle Busch poses for the crowd
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In his quest for a history-making three-race sweep, Kyle Busch proved that nothing is going to stand in his way – not a last-place start, not fuel mileage, not even Brad Keselowski.

Busch moved one step closer to becoming the first driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR’s top series is a single weekend with a victory in Friday night’s wild finish to the Food City 250 Nationwide Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Fresh off of his worst-to-first performance in Wednesday night’s Camping World Truck Series event, Busch took out Keselowski with 32 laps to go and held off Jason Leffler through the final laps to claim his record-tying 10th win the season.

Elliott Sadler, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.

Kyle Busch drives by Brad Keselowski after the two made contact in Turn 4 of Lap 218. Busch won for the 10th time of the season, tying the NASCAR Nationwide Series record held by Sam Ard and Busch (in 2008)
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Busch now needs only a victory in Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race to score the trifecta, but much like Wednesday night’s race, he’s not about to let anyone stand in his way.

Following Friday night’s victory, an unapologetic Busch not only admitted to taking out Keselowski, he said he had it coming.

“I tried and tried and tried lap after lap to stay clean with Brad (Keselowski) and I finally had him almost cleared - yeah I slid up in front of him - that’s a slide job and then he ran into the back of me and put me in the wall,” said Busch. “So, I said forget it man, you play that game and I’ll play it back. So, I dumped him.”

“I thought I had him cleared on the back and I moved up in front of him and instead of him doing an Earnhardt crossover move he decided that he would just run into the back of me and put me in the fence. So, that’s Brad Keselowski. So, you know, I went down into the next corner and dumped him.

“He does it to everybody else. Why can’t I do it to him?”

With Keselowski on probation from a run-in with Carl Edwards last month, there was little chance of a post-race confrontation that the crowd was clearly expecting, as Busch did his celebratory burnouts to a chorus of boos from the fans.

Keselowski showed little emotion as he emerged from his battered machine, keenly aware that his probationary status means he is racing with a target on his back

“Early in the race, I had the lead on a restart and he ran me up the track in (Turns) 3 and 4 and I lifted, gave him the lane there when I didn’t have too.  Just being a good guy, because I’m a member of the good guy club,” said Keselowski. “It is what it is.  We'll go to work and work on beating his ass.

“I’m on probation for racing hard and that allows everyone to intentionally wreck me. The fans saw what happened.  He’ll get his.”

Keselowski held the lead for 57 laps before Busch moved into second place with 50 laps to go and got into a side-by-side brawl for the top spot.

After 10 laps, Busch finally slid up in front of Keselowski and just clipped the front of the no. 22 Dodge, causing Busch to smack the outside wall.

Busch came right back as they went through turn four, getting inside of Keselowski and turning him around right at the start-finish line, causing heavy damage to the left side of Keselowski’s car.

Busch restarted at the front of the pack with 25 laps to go, followed by Joey Logano, Earnhardt, Jr. and Leffler with Keselowski back in 18th.

Just two laps later Logano got spun racing Earnhardt, Jr. for second, collecting Clint Bowyer and again, Keselowski.

Another late caution set up a 10-lap sprint to the finish with Sadler and Leffler knifing for position behind Busch with Leffler finally taking the position, but not soon enough to catch Busch, who pulled out to a half-straightaway lead to the finish.

Busch’s run-in with Keselowski overshadowed his bid to become the first driver to sweep all three series’ events. Busch came close at this same race a year ago – winning in the trucks and Cup events - but stumbled in the Nationwide race, finishing 28th.

It’s going to be difficult…it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity as we’ve seen,” said Busch. “I haven’t been able to get it done yet. I’ve been close a few times, but it seems like the last one is always the hardest one to get. You never know what happens.

“It’s 500 laps of racing at Bristol under the lights so we could have something bad happen early on and be done right there.”



1 3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 195/10 250 Running
2 6 10 Jason Leffler Toyota Fraternal Order of Eagles 170/0 250 Running
3 1 33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Rheem Heating & Air Conditioning 170/5 250 Running
4 34 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Realtree Outfitters 160/0 250 Running
5 10 60 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 160/5 250 Running
6 17 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Out! Pet Care 150/0 250 Running
7 8 21 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Zaxby's 151/5 250 Running
8 11 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota Dollar General 142/0 250 Running
9 43 42 Parker Kligerman Dodge Pelletier Brothers American Loggers 138/0 250 Running
10 2 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 139/5 250 Running
11 7 05 Willie Allen Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 130/0 250 Running
12 18 35 Jason Keller Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 127/0 250 Running
13 14 98 Paul Menard Ford Richmond Water Heaters / Menards 124/0 250 Running
14 13 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 126/5 250 Running
15 32 7 Josh Wise Chevrolet Hot Wheels 118/0 250 Running
16 21 27 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Ford Heil Trailer International 115/0 250 Running
17 41 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Westerman Companies 112/0 250 Running
18 23 15 Michael Annett Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 109/0 250 Running
19 36 16 Brian Ickler Ford Roush Fenway Racing 106/0 250 Running
20 15 81 Michael McDowell Dodge Camrett Logistics 103/0 250 Running
21 25 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota Snap-On Tools 100/0 250 Running
22 31 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford CitiFinancial 97/0 250 Running
23 20 104 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Boudreaux's Butt Paste 94/0 250 Running
24 33 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 91/0 250 Running
25 30 11 Brian Scott * Toyota AccuDoc Solutions 88/0 249 Running
26 38 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 85/0 248 Running
27 39 09 John Wes Townley Ford Zaxby's Milkshakes 82/0 247 Running
28 40 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet R3 Motorsports 79/0 247 Running
29 16 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Chloe Duyck Foundation 76/0 245 Running
30 5 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 73/0 244 Running
31 42 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Smoky Mountain Cheese 70/0 226 Running
32 29 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet / 67/0 204 Running
33 4 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Verizon Wireless 64/0 187 Accident
34 12 139 Sean Caisse Ford Rimz One Wheels Tires Accessories 61/0 155 Accident
35 9 1 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 58/0 117 Accident
36 28 49 Mark Green Chevrolet FX Network "Sons of Anarchy" 55/0 84 Susp.
37 37 38 Kasey Kahne Toyota Great Clips 52/0 81 Accident
38 35 0 Brad Teague Chevrolet Roadrunner Markets / Green Acres Lawn Care 49/0 42 Brakes
39 22 73 Derrike Cope Dodge Charter 46/0 30 Brakes
40 24 90 Chase Miller Chevrolet D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 43/0 25 Electrical
41 26 91 David Gilliland Chevrolet D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 40/0 22 Brakes
42 19 26 Dennis Setzer Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 37/0 6 Brakes
43 27 136 Jeff Green Chevrolet Long John Silver's 34/0 4 Brakes

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