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Archive for Sunday, November 2, 2008

Busch ties Nationwide record

Driver snares 10th victory of season in second-tier series

November 2, 2008

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— Kyle Busch overpowered the field Saturday in the NASCAR Nationwide Race at Texas Motor Speedway, winning in the second-tier series for a record-tying 10th time this season.

Busch, whose first victory of the season came on the same 1.5-mile oval in April, matched Sam Ard's season record set in 1983. He held off a charging Carl Edwards in the final laps of the O'Reilly Challenge.

The strong run by Edwards, combined with Clint Bowyer's sixth-place finish, moved Edwards within 91 points of the series leader with two races remaining.

Although Busch has had a disappointing run in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and is out of contention for the title despite dominating the regular season, he has a total of 21 victories this season, including eight in Cup and three in trucks.

But this one was special as the 23-year-old Busch dedicated the latest win to South Carolinian Ard, a two-time Nationwide - then called the Busch Series - champion suffering from Alzheimer's disease and in tough straits financially.

"Sam Ard was one of the pioneers of the sport, and this really means a lot to me," Busch said after his now-traditional victory bows to the crowd. "I got to thinking about it, and I decided I'm going give him $100,000 to try to help him out."

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