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Busch and Toyota bury competition twice on Saturday

Nationwide Series
Saturday, February 21, 2009

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Kyle Busch celebrates winning the Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway. Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to win two national series races on the same day
Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR
Last weekend Kyle Busch looked set to win the Daytona 500 until NASCAR's biggest star, Dale Earnhardt Jr., ran out of talent (once again) and caused a crash that took out Busch's dominate Toyota Camry.  However, Busch put all that behind him on Saturday as he became the first driver to win two races in NASCAR's top-three circuits on the same day after he took the checkered flag in the Nationwide Series Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway.

Hours after winning a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in a runaway, Kyle Busch staged a repeat performance in Saturday night's Stater Bros. 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Auto Club Speedway.

In claiming the 22nd Nationwide Series victory of his career, Busch became the first driver ever to win two races in any of NASCAR's top three series on the same day. Busch had come close once before, finishing second to Jamie McMurray by 0.005 seconds in a July 7, 2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona after winning a rain-delayed Nationwide race earlier in the day.

On Sunday, he'll try for another record -- a weekend sweep of NASCAR's top three series at the same racetrack.

About the only suspense came on a restart on Lap 135, after Carl Edwards beat Busch off pit road following the final stops for both cars. Busch dived to the inside of Edwards' Ford, and Kevin Harvick made it three-wide through the corner before Busch regained the lead through Turns 3 and 4.

From that point, Busch pulled away and crossed the finish line 1.011 seconds ahead of Harvick. Joey Logano, Busch's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, finished third, followed by polesitter Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, David Ragan.

Jeff Burton, David Reutimann, Brian Vickers, series rookie Brendan Gaughan and Steve Wallace completed the top 10.

"It was a blast," Busch said. "We were just glad to put on a great show. It got a little nerve-wracking there on that last restart… but that's what the fans come to see."

Harvick tried to seize the opportunity but couldn't force his way past Busch and Edwards.

"I was able to sneak by Kyle and Carl when they got together there (on the restart) -- at least that's what it looked like from my perspective… I just couldn't quite complete the pass there."

Busch, who led 143 of the 150 laps, obliterated the field during the first green-flag run, streaking to an advantage of more than eight seconds before pitting from the lead on Lap 40. After the cycle of green-flag stops, Busch led Kevin Harvick by as much as 11.486 seconds before Michael McDowell's fiery crash in Turn 2 caused the first caution of the race on Lap 52.

By then, 14 of the 43 cars that had started the race were on the lead lap.

"Definitely, the best car won -- that's for sure," said Edwards, who fell back after battling Busch and Harvick on the final restart. "That was amazing."

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-LineDesigns/ Frys.com 195/10 150 Running
2 21 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 170/0 150 Running
3 34 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 165/0 150 Running
4 1 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts 165/5 150 Running
5 13 6 David Ragan Ford America's Tire / Discount Tire 155/0 150 Running
6 19 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 150/0 150 Running
7 29 10 David Reutimann Toyota Beringer Vineyards 146/0 150 Running
8 12 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 142/0 150 Running
9 11 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 138/0 150 Running
10 30 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 134/0 150 Running
11 18 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 130/0 150 Running
13 33 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 124/0 150 Running
14 38 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 121/0 150 Running
15 25 99 Michael Waltrip Toyota BestWestern.com 118/0 150 Running
16 42 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 115/0 150 Running
17 19 27 Jason Keller Ford Cottonelle / Stater Bros. Charities 112/0 148 Running
18 29 07 David Green Toyota SK Motorsports 109/0 148 Running
19 27 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 106/0 148 Running
20 24 23 Ken Butler III* Chevrolet Aaron's Dream Machine 103/0 148 Running
21 40 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 100/0 148 Running
22 14 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 97/0 147 Running
23 20 61 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 94/0 146 Running
24 25 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge Red Bank Outfitters 91/0 146 Running
25 26 49 Kertus Davis Chevrolet Jay Robinson Inc. 88/0 145 Running
26 15 42 Kenny Hendrick Dodge "Real Deal" Holyfield / Smith Ironworks 85/0 145 Running
27 35 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 87/5 145 Running
28 41 31 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet Interush.net 79/0 144 Running
29 3 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge Schweitzer Title 76/0 144 Running
30 6 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 73/0 144 Running
31 37 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 70/0 142 Running
32 40 52 Scott Gaylord Chevrolet Motel 6 Hesperia 67/0 142 Running
33 33 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Team Too Termite & Pest Control 64/0 134 Running
34 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 61/0 127 Running
35 43 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 58/0 61 In Pit
36 14 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Pacific Packaging Group 55/0 50 Running
37 16 91 Terry Cook Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 52/0 15 In Pit
38 35 0 J C Stout Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 49/0 13 In Pit
39 39 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 46/0 10 In Pit
40 22 85 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 43/0 5 In Pit
41 41 05 Justin Ashburn Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 40/0 5 In Pit
42 16 196 Dennis Setzer Dodge Dusty's Collision 37/0 3 In Pit
43 39 141 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 34/0 3 In Pit

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