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11/10/13
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Busch dominates Nationwide race
Busch celebrates
Don't bet against Kyle Busch when he races at Phoenix.

Don't bet against him when he wins the pole for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Kyle Busch did both on Saturday, and with that working for him, Busch blew away the opposition to win his sixth race at the one-mile flat track in the Sonoran Desert.

The driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota finished the ServiceMaster 200 more than four seconds ahead of race runner-up Justin Allgaier, who passed series leader Austin Dillon for the second position on the final lap.

Dillon held third, followed by Regan Smith and Sam Hornish Jr., whose deficit to Dillon in the championship battle grew from six to eight points.

Busch led 169 laps en route to his 12th NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in 25 starts this season. Busch extended his series record for wins in the series to 63. The pole was Busch's 10th of the season -- on nine occasions this season, he has converted the top starting spot into a victory.

"It was certainly a great day for us," Busch said. "It's a testament to (crew chief) Adam Stevens and the group of guys that he's got around us that do such a great job for us and work real hard and give us some great equipment."

With a bold move from the outside lane, Brad Keselowski powered past Busch into the lead after a restart on Lap 112, but the tenure of the No. 22 Ford at the front of the field was short-lived.

Busch, who slipped to third on the restart lap, regained the second spot on Lap 117, overtaking Harvick for the position. Three laps later, Busch and Keselowski were side-by-side at the start/finish line, with Busch nosing ahead as the cars crossed the stripe.

Busch began to inch away over the next 10 laps before Brad Sweet's spin in Turn 3 brought out the third caution of the race on Lap 130. Diverging strategies scrambled the running order as five drivers -- Trevor Bayne, Hornish, Allgaier, Smith and Scott -- opted not to pit under the yellow, leaving Busch to take the green from the sixth spot on fresh right-side tires.

Four more cautions followed in short order -- in a race that had run under green for 100 laps between the first two yellows -- and allowed Busch to pick off the cars running on old tires. Shortly after a restart on Lap 154, he passed Allgaier for the lead.

"When we got back in traffic there, the restarts just worked out perfectly for me," Busch said. "We went green, I picked off a spot, we went yellow. We went green, I picked off one or two more spots, we went yellow.

"So every time I just kept picking off a car, and the caution would come out, so it would just re-bunch the field and give me another opportunity, instead of having it spread and take more to get back to the front. So it worked out real well for us in that situation."

Twelve laps before Busch made the winning pass, a tap from Brian Scott's Chevrolet had knocked Brad Keselowski's Ford into the Turn 3 wall in an accident that had serious implications for the owners' championship. Entering the race, the No. 22 led the No. 54 Toyota driven by Busch by 26 points, but Keselowski's wreck, coupled with Busch's win, trimmed the margin to four points with one race left.

Results

Pos # Driver Make Start Laps Led Status
1 54 Kyle Busch Toyota 1 200 169 Running
2 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 12 200 17 Running
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 2 200 0 Running
4 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 11 200 0 Running
5 12 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 6 200 0 Running
6 18 Matt Kenseth Toyota 7 200 0 Running
7 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 14 200 6 Running
8 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 16 200 0 Running
9 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 3 200 0 Running
10 48 Ryan Blaney Ford 9 200 0 Running
11 99 Alex Bowman Toyota 15 200 0 Running
12 77 Parker Kligerman Toyota 8 200 0 Running
13 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 5 200 0 Running
14 43 Michael Annett Ford 27 200 0 Running
15 16 Ryan Reed Ford 18 200 0 Running
16 20 Drew Herring Toyota 10 200 0 Running
17 19 Mike Bliss Toyota 17 200 0 Running
18 30 Nelson Piquet Jr Chevrolet 21 200 0 Running
19 22 Brad Keselowski Ford 4 199 8 Running
20 79 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 22 198 0 Running
21 60 Travis Pastrana Ford 19 198 0 Running
22 55 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 30 197 0 Running
23 23 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 32 197 0 Running
24 44 Chad Hackenbracht Toyota 23 196 0 Running
25 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 34 196 0 Running
26 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 37 196 0 Running
27 14 Eric McClure Toyota 28 194 0 Running
28 5 Brad Sweet Chevrolet 26 192 0 Running
29 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet 29 189 0 Running
30 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 33 171 0 Engine
31 24 Kelly Admiraal Toyota 35 162 0 Running
32 32 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 13 156 0 Accident
33 4 Daryl Harr Chevrolet 38 150 0 Running
34 98 Kevin Swindell Ford 20 148 0 Accident
35 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 39 104 0 Handling
36 74 Carl Long Dodge 24 63 0 Brakes
37 40 T.J. Bell Chevrolet 36 13 0 Brakes
38 00 Blake Koch Toyota 40 9 0 Transmission
39 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet 25 6 0 Electrical
40 10 Jeff Green Toyota 31 4 0 Vibration

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