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Busch Whacks Way To Victory

| , RacinToday.com Friday, August 20 2010

Kasey Kahne took a ride on his side during Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Bristol. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Kyle Busch bumped his way past leader Brad Keselowski with 32 laps to go and went on to win the Food City 250 Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night.

The victory was the sixth in 13 2010 starts for Busch.

It was his second victory of the week at Bristol as he also won Wednesday night’s Camping World Truck Series race. Saturday night in the Sprint Cup race he will go for a third Bristol victory.

Keselowski, the series points leader, had the race lead after a restart with 58 laps to go but Busch closed in and for about 10 laps the two fought for the lead.

With 32 to go, Busch eased in front of Keselowski on the low side and moved up in front of Keselowski. Keselowski immediately put the bumper to Busch who wiggled to give the lead back to Keselowski.

“Just hard racing man,” Keselowski said. “I was going for it. I was on the outside, he was on the inside, and he got a great run through (turns) one and two. He did a good job. He got up…almost cleared me and kind of took for granted that I would let him in line and I didn’t. That’s his right; nothing to complain about. We’re going to keep working on our Discount Tire Dodge for next week, the week after and every other week.”

Almost immediately, Busch regained control, moved to Keselowski’s rear bumped and spun him.

From there, Busch survived a couple of restarts to get the victory.

“I thought I had him cleared and moved up in front,” Busch said. “He decided he’d just run in the back of me and put me in the fence. That’s Brad Keselowski, and I went down in the next corner and dumped him. He does it to everybody else. Why can’t I do it to him?”

The fans booed Busch as he got out of his car during burnouts and then in victory lane.

Keselowski said he knew why.

“Early in the race,” Keselowski said, “I had the lead on a restart and he ran me up the track in (turns) three and four and I lifted, gave him the lane there when I didn’t have too. Just being a good guy, because I’m a member of the good guy club. But when the end of the race comes, man you don’t let people in line. They ought to know better than try and take it. That answers it all right there. I’m on probation for racing hard and that allows everyone to intentionally wreck me. We made good moves in the race and worked our way to the front. We had a great car. The fans saw what happened. He’ll get his.

Jason Leffler finished second and Elliott Sadler was third.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fourth.

Keselowski wound up 14th.

| , RacinToday.com Friday, August 20 2010
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