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Kyle Busch wins Nationwide Series race; Edwards finishes third

Saturday, June 6, 2009 | 10:11 p.m. CDT

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. — Kyle Busch raced to his fourth Nationwide Series victory of the year and ninth overall NASCAR win of the season Saturday night, easily holding off Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards in the Federated Auto Parts 300.

The 24-year-old Busch celebrated the victory — his 51st overall in NASCAR's top three series — by smashing the guitar trophy in Victory Lane. He also has three Sprint Cup victories and two Camping World Trucks wins this year.

Keselowski, the race winner last year coming off a victory last week in Dover, was second — 0.891 seconds back. Edwards, a three-time Nashville Superspeedway winner, finished third on the 1.333-mile concrete oval.

Mike Bliss was fourth, followed by Jason Leffler.

Busch led the most laps and avoided a series of wrecks early and midway through the 225-lap race. Busch's crew serviced his Toyota in a 14.3 seconds during the final round of green-flag stops with 35 laps to go, and he was back in front by lap 202.

Busch led the first 67 laps, with Edwards and Keselowski not far off the pace.

After green-flag pit stops, they found themselves back in their respective positions in the top three by lap 104.

At the halfway mark, Busch opened a 6-second lead over Keselowski before things again turned dicey. Brian Keselowski, Brad's older brother, spun on lap 114 and on lap 126 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun in turn four, touching off a five-car wreck that took out Jason Keller and Trevor Bayne and brought out the red flag. Keller, who drives for Nashville-based Baker Curb Racing, entered the race sixth in the standings, while Bayne was second-fastest in qualifying.

When racing resumed, only 10 cars remained on the lead lap and only six were there by the finish.

 


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