BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kurt Busch won for the second time in three races, prevailing in a rare Tuesday NASCAR event after two days of rain postponements at Michigan International Speedway.
The victory boosted Busch's late-season charge for a spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.
Busch, the 2004 Cup champion solidified his berth in the 12-man lineup for the upcoming Chase, holding off Martin Truex Jr. in the closing laps for the 17th win of his career.
Columbia native Carl Edwards finished seventh in the race, maintaining his fifth place standing in the Nextel Cup point standings.
NASCAR's top circuit had never run on a Tuesday during the modern era, which began in 1973.
The race was originally scheduled to be run Sunday, but two days of rain kept the cars off the track. Other than a 32-minute fog delay Tuesday after the first 10 laps, the race was run without any more weather problems.