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Kyle Busch wins wild NASCAR Nationwide race

At Talladega
Sunday, April 17, 2011

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Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch has won a lot of NASCAR Nationwide Series races but never at Talladega Superspeedway.

That changed Saturday as Busch survived an 11-caution wreckfest that ended under caution on a second green-white-checkered finish.

"Finally, I won a Nationwide race, so I've completed the sweep at Talladega," said Busch, who has one Cup win here that also came under caution.

Busch got a huge push from teammate Joey Logano on the final lap and was out front when Mike Wallace ended up on his roof to bring out the caution.

Wallace was running up front for the first time in a long time thanks to hooking up with Joe Nemechek, who also hasn't been up front at the end lately.

Nemechek finished third with Logano second.

"It was definitely intense in the car," said Nemechek, whose last Nationwide Series top 5 finish came in 2005 at Las Vegas. "My heart is still beating fast and my head is spinning."

For Nemechek, who has had to do some start-and-park races, his third was a victory for the old guard and small-budget teams.

"We're operating by the skin of our teeth," he said of the team's finances.

Brad Keselowski finished fourth, followed by Elliott Sadler, Trevor Bayne, Justin Allgaier, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Reed Sorenson and Aric Almirola.

The Big One in the race involved 21 cars -- including Busch -- with either major or minor damage. It came on the backstretch late in the race on Lap 89.

Jennifer Jo Cobb was among the Big One's victims.

"I always say that when you're at Daytona or Talladega you have a 50/50 chance of the car surviving," she said.

RESULTS

Pos

Driver

Car #

Make

Started

Laps

Led

Points

1

Kyle Busch

18

Toyota

22

124

4

0

2

Joey Logano

20

Toyota

7

124

0

0

3

Joe Nemechek

87

Toyota

20

124

4

42

4

Brad Keselowski

22

Dodge

16

124

14

0

5

Elliott Sadler

2

Chevrolet

1

124

8

40

6

Trevor Bayne

16

Ford

5

124

23

40

7

Justin Allgaier

31

Chevrolet

17

124

0

37

8

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

7

Chevrolet

3

124

16

0

9

Reed Sorenson

32

Chevrolet

13

124

6

36

10

Aric Almirola

88

Chevrolet

10

124

2

35

11

Brian Scott

11

Toyota

23

124

0

33

12

Scott Wimmer

40

Chevrolet

35

124

0

32

13

Sam Hornish Jr.

12

Dodge

12

124

2

32

14

Timmy Hill

15

Ford

34

124

0

30

15

Jason Leffler

38

Chevrolet

9

124

0

29

16

Blake Koch

82

Dodge

32

124

0

28

17

Carl Edwards

60

Ford

6

124

3

0

18

Mike Wallace

01

Chevrolet

27

124

6

27

19

Michael Annett

62

Toyota

8

122

0

25

20

Donnie Neuenberger

81

Dodge

31

121

0

24

21

Danny Efland

52

Chevrolet

36

121

0

23

22

Clint Bowyer

33

Chevrolet

2

120

2

0

23

James Buescher

30

Chevrolet

15

118

0

0

24

Jeremy Clements

51

Chevrolet

41

110

0

20

25

Kenny Wallace

09

Toyota

19

109

2

20

26

Eric McClure

14

Chevrolet

25

109

0

18

27

Derrike Cope

28

Chevrolet

38

104

1

18

28

Robert Richardson Jr.

23

Dodge

26

103

1

17

29

Dennis Setzer

70

Chevrolet

43

100

0

15

30

Morgan Shepherd

89

Chevrolet

40

98

0

14

31

Josh Wise

39

Ford

39

92

0

13

32

Steve Wallace

66

Toyota

18

88

0

12

33

Michael Waltrip

99

Toyota

24

87

0

0

34

Jamie McMurray

1

Chevrolet

4

87

20

0

35

Mike Bliss

19

Chevrolet

29

87

0

9

36

Tim George Jr.

21

Chevrolet

21

87

0

8

37

Jennifer Jo Cobb

41

Ford

33

87

0

7

38

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

6

Ford

14

68

6

7

39

Kevin Harvick

4

Chevrolet

11

21

4

0

40

Mike Harmon

74

Chevrolet

28

11

0

4

41

Tim Andrews

79

Ford

42

4

0

3

42

Carl Long

68

Ford

37

2

0

2

43

Jeff Green

44

Chevrolet

30

1

0

1

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