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At Bristol: Two down, one to go for Kyle Busch

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
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    BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 23: Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrtates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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    BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 23: Safety crews arrive to assist Brian Vickers, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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    BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 23: Parker Kligerman, driver of the #77 TOYOTA Toyota, is involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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    BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 23: Brian Vickers, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, and Parker Kligerman, driver of the #77 TOYOTA Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch has now won the first two NASCAR races this week at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The third is going to be much more difficult.

Busch led 228 of 250 laps in picking up the dominating victory in Friday night’s Food City 250, his ninth Nationwide Series win of the season.

Busch won Wednesday night’s Truck series race, setting up the opportunity to win all three races at the same track, something only Busch himself has done before in August 2010.

“I just had a great car. It’s cool when you start up front and lead a lot of laps but we had some great battles, too,” said Busch, who earned his 60th career Nationwide win.

“It was a great effort on this team. Lapped traffic was certainly interesting. I just want to thank the fans, whether they’re cheering or booing.”

To get a victory in Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race, Busch will have a long way to go – literally.

Busch slammed the wall during his Cup series qualifying lap and will start last in Saturday night’s 43-car field.

“I never make it easy on myself, that’s for sure. I might as well start last,” he said. “I think they pay more for starting last and passing everybody and winning.”

Brad Keselowski finished second and ended his run of victories in his last four starts. Austin Dillon was third, Justin Allgaier was fourth and Kyle Larson was fifth.

Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. ended up 12th and holds a six-point advantage over Dillon. Hornish ran into trouble early in the race when a spark-plug wire came off and he ran much of the remainder of the race on virtually seven cylinders of power.

Hornish wasn’t the only one with issues.

“We had a little trouble on pit road tonight but we were able to overcome that,” Dillon said. “I would have liked to see what we could have done with a late caution and got up there and mixed it up with them.

“It’s just so hard to hard to pass here right now. We were able to come out in the top three so I was happy with that.”



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