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Spencer pulls away for victory

September 8, 2001

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— Jimmy Spencer pulled away from fellow Winston Cup regular Matt Kenseth on a restart with 35 laps to go Friday night and won the crash-filled Autolite Fram 250 Busch Grand National race.

The victory was Spencer's third in 13 starts in the series this year and gave him a sweep of the Busch races at Richmond, both in dominating style. He led 192 laps in May, and led 169 laps this time.

The race also put life back into the series points race as Kevin Harvick struggled with an oil leak and wound up 27th. The poor showing cut his lead over Jason Keller from 316 points to 274 with seven races left. Keller finished 13th.

Spencer appeared to have the strongest car, but he rarely got a chance to show off his Chevrolet's power because of a string of nine cautions that slowed the race for 58 laps until the final green flag on lap 235.

Then, beating Kenseth to the first turn, Spencer gradually pulled away, building a lead of more than a second and winning going away.

His margin of victory was 1.345 seconds.

Kenseth held on for second, followed by Virginia native Kevin Grubb, Geoffrey Bodine and Johnny Sauter in his Busch debut.

The race was the first since NASCAR levied fines against four Busch drivers for their actions during the race at Darlington Raceway last Saturday.

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