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Kimmel holds off Kurt Busch to win Polar Bear 150

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ROCKINGHAM, N.C.

He got another shot at Rockingham Speedway, but once again NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch finished in second equalling his best finish at the track.

Will Kimmel won the Frank Kimmel Street Stock National Polar Bear 150 after leading 148 of 150 laps for his first Rockingham victory.

"It was a little intimidating to look back and see the No. 22 (Busch) in the mirror," said Kimmel from victory lane.

But the Indiana native didn't let the fact that he was being pursued by a former Sprint Cup champion rattle him.

"I was pretty confident in my car but at the same time it was pretty hard to keep it on the bottom where it ran the best," said Kimmel, who started on the pole. "My guys built a great car today. It was awesome. This thing just ran awesome all day. This is great. It's been a while since we've been in victory lane, so this is really cool."

Even though he didn't win, Busch still had a good time.

"It was as much fun as it always was," said Busch. "There were all the lanes to choose from. We worked the low groove and the high groove. This place is so fun with the bumps and quirks. This racetrack, for sure, gets a gold star. Guys in our series (Sprint Cup) that are car guys – that are racers – should definitely be down here racing."
 

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