Kyle Busch wins Nationwide race at Charlotte

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm •  Published: October 11, 2013
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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch proved he's still the man to beat on the Nationwide Series — particularly when it comes to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch raced to his 11th Nationwide victory of the year Friday night, giving him a season sweep on the 1½-mile track.

Busch edged Nationwide title contenders Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. to win for the eighth time in the series at his favorite track. Coupled with his five Truck Series wins at track, he broke the track victory record with 13.

"I feel like I've really taken to this place over the years," Busch said. "I have it figured out in Camping Truck and Nationwide but I seem to have a little bit of a struggle on the Cup side. We'll see if we can't change that around on Saturday. I'd like to score my first Cup Series win here."

Busch and wife Samantha donated the winnings from the race to the Pretty in Pink Foundation that provides financial assistance and support to underinsured and uninsured North Carolinians with breast cancer.

The victory pushed Busch's series record to 62. He has 19 victories this year in NASCAR's three national series, also winning four times each in Cup and Truck. Overall, he has 124 victories in the three series, winning 28 times in Cup and 34 in the Truck circuit.

The win wasn't quite as easy as his Nationwide victory at the track in May when he led 186 of the 200 laps. Busch, who started from the pole, only led 36 laps this time after struggling during the first half of the race.

He took the lead from Hornish with eight laps to go and pulled away.

"It's very frustrating to be leading with 10 laps to go and to get blown away by the 54 car," Hornish said.

Busch said he stole a page from Kyle Larson, who ran well at the top of the track for most of the night before nicking the wall late and finishing 13th.

"It's good to be young and dumb," Busch said with a laugh. "He taught us old wily veterans something. He drove past me and I said, 'I better try that.'"

The night ended the same way it began in the points standings— with Dillon holding an eight-point lead over Hornish. Hornish finished a spot behind Dillon in third, but received bonus points for leading the most laps essentially making Friday night's race a push.

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