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Busch Wins Race, Championship

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 21 2009
Kyle Busch celebrates his victory and Nationwide championship Saturday. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kyle Busch celebrates his victory and Nationwide championship Saturday. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Kyle Busch finished off his Nationwide Series championship with flair Saturday when he won the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

And NASCAR officials got the victory in the feud between Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.

Busch  got the victory by holding off Carl Edwads –who was on fresher tires after pitting on the final caution – over the final five laps of the race.

Edwards put one final move on Busch in Turn Four of the last lap, but Busch countered and got the victory.

“He did a banzai there,” Busch said of Edwards. “It must have been exciting for the fans to watch at home. He did that at Kansas last year.”

Edwards said there was only one way he was going to win and opted not to do it.

“I’ve got to say congrats to Kyle and those guys,” Edwards said. “We finished second to them in the championship, but those guys have really been a classic deal. I was just telling them that I didn’t have the heart to run into them. It was the only way I was going to get by them by the finish line. I dove down there and got a good look at it, and I was thinking right about here, ‘No, I better not.’ But that’s racing.”

The victory was the ninth of the season for Busch.

He didn’t need it, as he had only to start Saturday’s race to clinch the championship, but he sure welcomed it.

“This is huge,” Busch said. “My mom and dad are here tonight. It’s cool.”

Edwards, who won the season-ending race last year only to finish second in points to Clint Bowyer, finished second in Saturday’s race and in the championship.

Jeff Burton finished third. Joey Logano was fourth and Denny Hamlin fifth Saturday.

Keselowski, who finished third in points, was 12th.

Busch’s final points total put him 210 ahead of Edwards and 318 ahead of Keselowski.

The race saw a re-firing of NASCAR’s hottest feud as Hamlin and Keselowski mixed it up again.

This time, Hamlin, who vowed payback for past Keselowski on-track incidents, did the honors. He did them when he hit Keselowski from behind . The hit sent Keselowski spinning, but the car stayed off the wall.

“That was fun,” Keselowski said on his radio.

He also said of Hamlin, “He has problems on and off the track.”

Hamlin said he administered the bump at a place on the track where he know the damage would be minimal.

NASCAR black flagged Hamlin for the bump.

Edwards weighed in on the incident.

“There are two sides to every story and sometimes things get painted a certain way and you never really know,” he said. “I can’t take sides on that. I’ve been wrecked by Brad, but we worked that out. I think there really is two sides to everything and you never really know who is in the right.”

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 21 2009