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Busch Wins His 12th Nationwide Race Of The Season

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Kyle Busch during NNS celebration No. 12. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Kyle Busch won the Camping World 300 Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway Saturday afternoon.

It was the 12th victory of the season for Busch in 25 starts.

“To get No. 12, it’s awesome,” he said.

The win was the 42nd of Busch’s career and moved him to within six of Mark Martin’s all-time record.

Busch was the leader when the race went green with 17 laps to go, held it through restarts with 11 and five laps to go and went on to beat points leader Brad Keselowski to the finish line by just over a second.

To get the victory Saturday, he had to overcome a penalty for speeding which sent him to the rear of the field.

“Maybe I ought to do it more often,” Busch said of the penalty. “I don’t like doing it that late in the race. Obviously, it makes it a little bit harder and you never know what can happen, especially since we saw those late cautions. That could happen at a point in which I get a speeding penalty and I have to go to the back and we can get caught up in one of those. Fortunately it all worked out our way and played our way.”

Kevin Harvick led a race-high 86 laps but a series of poor pit stops cost him a shot at the victory. He finished third.

Afterward, Harvick criticized his pit crew-operation and promised changes before the next race. He said it may be time for some of his crew members to move on.

Carl Edwards was fourth. He was followed by Joey Logano

Danica Patrick was running in the top 15 until she was wrecked from behind with 10 laps to go. She finished a satisfied 30th.

“I think we’re getting closer. I really do,” Patrick said. “We’re going to have a lot of confidence going into Charlotte, I think.”

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 9 2010
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