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Kyle Busch Rocks Nashville

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, June 6 2009
Kyle Busch celebrates his Nashville victory. (RacinToday.com photo by David Vaughn)

Kyle Busch celebrates his Nashville victory. (RacinToday.com photo by David Vaughn)


Kyle Busch shook free of his Nashville Superspeedway jinx Saturday night to win the Federated Auto Parts 300.

For the sixth straight time in the Nationwide Series, Busch dominated. But the victory was only his second during that span as lousy luck bit him the other four times.

The victory came at a track where he had never won before.

“Finally,” Busch said over his radio after crossing the finish line.

Brad Keselowski finished second, .8 second behind.

Carl Edwards was third.

The victory allowed Busch to increase his lead to 65 points over Carl Edwards in the series.

Edwards, though clearly not strong enough to catch Busch Saturday night, was happy with his run.

“That’s the most competitive we have been in a long time,” he said.

Busch ripped off a burnout for the ages after winning. His tires actually caught fire from the burnout and that made him a big hit with the Nashville fans.

He lost that goodwill in victory lane, however, when he smashed the Gibson guitar which serves as the event’s trophy.

“It’s mainly relief,” Busch said of the victory. “You think about it and it’s been a while but it really hasn’t.  For us, we felt like realistically we can win every single race out here in the Nationwide Series.  Our cars are that good, our guys on pit road are that good, Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief)makes great calls all day.  We had a good day that went smooth today and we didn’t have any issues.  We’ve had smooth days that were going great the past few weeks – just at the end it comes down to something taking us away.  It was relief today.

“I was actually nervous coming down to the end of the race because I wasn’t sure.  I was like, ‘Something might happen, you never know.’  It would just be a never-ending saga really, but finally we were able to knock the monkey off our back and get a win here.  For me, especially to get my first Nationwide Series win at Nashville.”

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, June 6 2009
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