Busch wins Carquest Auto Parts 300
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Busch, who started second, was able to lead for 21 of the first 100 laps. The 19-year-old became dominant, to say the least, in the second-half of the race - leading 73 laps of the final 100 laps.
An excited Busch after race couldn't describe how he felt as he said, "I can't even think right now."
The race started slow with a number early cautions.
On lap 43 another Nextel Cup veteran, Tony Stewart, was forced to come into the pits because of left-front shock problems. This caused him to drop to the back of the pack, but he managed to stay on the lead lap with a great shock change by his pit crew (Stewart used Harvick's Nextel Cup crew during the race).
Jason Leffler inherited the top spot on lap 49 and in the process led his first lap all-year long. He was able to keep his No.1 spot until lap 80 when Busch retook the lead.
At lap 100, the halfway point, the top-five read: Busch, Leffler, Greg Biffle, Stewart, Harvick, and
Busch kept the lead until lap 119 when all the top drivers pitted except Leffler. Leffler's decision not to pit put him in first, but only for a few laps, as Busch quickly took the lead again on lap 124 with the aid of fresh tires.
On lap 132 the final round of pit stops took place under a caution and this time Leffler pitted to get four new tires and fuel while everyone else took on fuel only. Leffler now had an advantage as he was on new rubber, but he dropped all the way down to 25th overall.
From this point in, the main battle was between Busch and
Busch led until lap 159 when Nemechek ducked underneath him. Nemechek led the race until lap 182 when Busch took back the lead back as Nemechek spun out to bring out a caution. Nemechek's spin out dropped him to sixth, but he kept his car on the lead lap.
Jamie McMurray in the No.1 Dodge and Harvick, who had the early pit violation, battled it out in the top-five late in the race. McMurray zoomed by Harvick on the lap 187 restart to take second and Harvick slipped behind Nemechek and was in fourth.
Nemechek who seemed like he might take home a third-place finish ran out of gas and finished the race in 21st position.
Nemechek after the race said, "It's just our kind of luck right now...but we'll be ready to win at Dover next weekend."
A caution with only two laps to go forced the race to finish under caution. Busch took the win with McMurray and Harvick taking second and third, respectively
Leffler came all the way back to finish fourth and Stewart finished out the top-five.
Busch, who was second in points entering the race, assumed the lead with 1962 points.
The next race in the Busch Series will be on Saturday, June 5th at the Dover International Speedway.