2010-06-03 / Sports

Busch Takes Coca-Cola 600

By Gerald Hodges THE RACING REPORTER

Kurt Busch Kurt Busch CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After 600 miles of racing in the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600, Kurt Busch led Jamie Mc- Murray to the finish line by 0.49-seconds, the longest race of the season.

He had previously won the Charlotte All-Star race one week earlier.

Busch had the dominant car and led the most laps, but lost the lead to Jamie McMurray with 42 laps to go in the 400-lap race.

Marcus Ambrose brought out the race’s last caution on lap 372, after hitting the inside wall. Most of the leaders pitted for two right side tires, and Kurt Busch’s team got him out of the pits ahead of McMurray.

When green-flag racing resumed on lap 378, Busch immediately went to the front. McMurray followed but was unable to overtake Busch’s No. 2.

The remaining top-10 finishers were: Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, David Reutimann, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, and Matt Kenseth.

Jimmie Johnson hit the wall twice. The last time came on lap 273. His team attempted repairs on his car, but he was unable to maintain an acceptable speed on the track, and NASCAR parked him. He finished 37th and dropped to seventh in points.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. led five laps, but finished 22nd.

Top-12 Chase contenders after 13 of 36: 1. Harvick-1898, 2. Kyle Busch-1869, 3. Kenseth- 1781, 4. J. Gordon-1760, 5. Hamlin-1732, 6. Kurt Busch-1726, 7. Johnson- 1694, 8. Burton-1657, 9. Biffle 1648, 10. Martin-1635, 11. Edwards-1602, 12. Newman 1547

Kyle Busch rallies for win

Kyle Busch rallied from two laps down to win Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race at Charlotte.

“The guys battled back hard and Jason Ratcliff, crew chief, made some good race calls to get the car handling a lot better. They did a great job on pit road. We came in fourth or fifth one time and came out first and that was a pivotal stop there, and I think I led the rest of the way.”

Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Jason Leffler, Reed Soresnson, Carl Edwards, and Clint Bowyer.

Top-10 points leaders after 12 of 35: 1. Keselowski- 1946, 2. Kyle Busch-1945, 3. Harvick-1852, 4. Edwards- 1689, 5. Allgaier-1681, 6. Menard-1513, 7. Logano- 1398, 8. Biffle-1368, 9. Leffler- 1350, 10. Raines-1249

Weekend racing: The different series, three different venues. The Camping World Trucks are at Ft. Worth, Texas. The Nationwide Series is at Nashville, Tenn., while the Cup teams are at Pocono, Pa.

Friday, June 4, Camping World Truck Series, race 8 of 25, Starting time: 8:30 p.m. ET; TV: Speed.

Saturday, June 5, Nationwide Series, race 13 of 35, starting time: 7:30 p.m. ET; TV: ESPN2.

Sunday, June 6, Cup Series Pocono 500, race 14 of 36, starting time: 1 p.m. ET; TV: TNT.

Racing trivia question: How many Cup championships did former Cup driver Dale Jarrett win?

Last Week’s Question: What year did Mark Martin win his first Cup race? Answer. He earned his first Cup victory in 1989 at Rockingham in his 113th start.

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