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Busch Wins Race, Owners Championship

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, November 19 2010

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Kyle Busch passed Ron Hornaday Jr. for the lead on a restart with four laps to go and went on to win the Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night.

The victory in the Ford 200 season-ending race gave Busch the owners championship.

“I feel like I won with my people this year,” Busch said, “and the guys that we have on board were just tremendous supporters of mine and worked long, hard hours in the shop, never gave up, never held their head down, never pouted about how much we were working, but just kept working and made sure we were always ready for the next race.

“This is what we set out to do at the beginning of the year – to come out here and work as hard as we could, to work with two different drivers at first, myself and Brian Ickler, but when Brian got the call to go drive for Roush Fenway Racing, we brought in Johnny Benson for a race and we brought in Kasey Kahne for a race, and without all those guys being able to give us good, solid finishes, we wouldn’t be in this position.”

The championship capped a banner rookie season for Kyle Busch Motorsports, as the team scored eight victories, six poles, 16 top-fives, 21 top-10s and led 1,099 laps in 2010.

“I don’t know if I’ve quite come down from what’s went on yet,” said crew chief Eric Phillips, who first worked with Busch in 2003 as the then 18-year-old’s car chief during his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where Busch finished second. “For this to be a brand new team, with all new guys, basically nine months ago, it’s a huge thing. Kyle didn’t own a screwdriver when he left here last year, and to win an owner’s championship with four different drivers, we pulled together and made it work. It’s been a pretty fun year.”

Hornaday, the 2009 series champion, hung on to finish second.

Johnny Sauter finished third.

Todd Bodine, who started the race with the series driver championship already in hand, finished fourth.

Finishing fifth was Aric Almirola.

The victory was the eighth of the season for Busch.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, November 19 2010
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