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Busch Smokes Edwards In Richmond Nationwide race

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 2 2009

Kyle Busch takes a bow after winning Friday night's Nationwide Series race in Richmond. (RacinToday photo by David Vaughn)

Kyle Busch takes a bow after winning Friday night's Nationwide Series race in Richmond. (RacinToday photo by David Vaughn)

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Kyle Busch took the lead with 21 laps to go on a restart and held it the rest of the way to win Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

The victory allowed Busch to pad his points lead over Carl Edwards, who finished second at Richmond.

Busch’s lead is now 82 points – far from secure but enough to put a smile on his face.

“Yeah, Nationwide is great, but we’ve got to win the championship (in Sprint Cup),” he said. “We want to win the championship here of course, too.  We want to win both of them, too.  To come out of here with the Sprint Cup title would be awesome. We’re championship form we’ve just got to keep digging.”

Busch entered last year’s Chase in the Cup series with momentum and points, but then the digging ran into trouble. So he knows what can happen to point leads.

Matt Kenseth was third and Brad Keselowski, who won last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega, was fourth.

Busch’s victory was due in large part to execute on restarts, which were numerous in the late going Friday.

His final pass for the lead came on a restart, as a matter of fact. It came against Edwards.

“He (Edwards) didn’t come up through the gears very well for some reason,” Busch said. “I faked low and went to the outside and just drove around him on the high-side. “He gave me the space and I gave him some space so we could race clean and we made it around him and that was pretty much it.” 

Edwards simply said, “He smoked me on the restarts.”

Kevin Harvick was fifth and Joey Logano was sixth.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 2 2009
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