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Kyle Busch Dominates Nationwide Race

| , RacinToday.com Monday, April 19 2010

Kyle Busch celebrates victory in O'Reilly 300 Nationwide race at Texas Motor Speeday on Monday. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Kyle Busch dominated the O’Reilly 300 and won the Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.

The victory was the fifth in a row for Busch at TMS in the Nationwide series. He led 153 of the 200 laps in the race, which was orignally scheduled for Saturday but twice postponed by rain.

Joey Logano, the polesitter and Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, finished second.

Busch’s only glitch came during a pit stop which occurred when a caution flag came out  with 32 laps to go. Busch, who was leading the race when he pitted, came out third after overshooting his stall.

It took him just two laps to get the lead back after the restart.

“Just a phenomenal day,” Busch said. “We were able to just run around all day and bide our time, and there at the end we were going to try and save fuel and go the rest of the way, if need be. But, a caution came out and we had to race Joey (Logano) for it. He kept me on my toes there. We were a little bit too loose to try to go real, real hard. I couldn’t get away from him. Then it seemed like he got a little bit tight and I started moving away.”

Reed Sorenson finished third and Brad Keselowski was fourth.

Keselowski, who started the day as the point leader, fell to second, 20 behind Busch.

Carl Edwards, who was second in points lead when the race started, ran into trouble in the pits with about 75 laps to go. Edwards, who was running up front, broke a gear leaving his pit stall.

Busch joined Jack Ingram and Dale Earnhardt as the only drivers to win five straight races at the same track.

He also earned the right to mount the podium for the second time in the day as he finished third in the Sprint Cup Series race which preceded the Nationwide race.

“This makes it a lot easier to get out of the racecar, I’ll tell you that,” Busch said. “To run in the 500-mile race earlier I was a little bit down, a little bit drained. Got some fluids in me before the start of this race and got some good food in me. Of course, my fiancé Samantha made me up something great. So, that was good and helped me win.”

| , RacinToday.com Monday, April 19 2010