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Kyle Busch wins a wild one at Talladega

April 17, 2011

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— Kyle Busch won under a yellow flag in a wild finish Saturday, taking the Nationwide race at Talladega Superspeedway when the last of 10 crashes sent Mike Wallace’s car flipping upside down.

Busch captured his fourth win in seven Nationwide races — and 47th of his career — on a day when tandem racing produced a series-record 56 lead changes, 11 cautions and two red flags to clean up all the debris.

Even Busch got caught up in the mayhem. He spun out in the biggest crash of the day, a 21-car melee just 28 laps from the scheduled finish of the Aaron’s 312.

Busch drove his battered Toyota onto pit road and figured he was done for the day. Instead, his crew patched up the damage, yanked off the pieces they couldn’t fix and sent him back onto the track without losing a lap.

He hooked with Joey Logano in a powerful duo, somehow finding a narrow gap to get past leader Trevor Bayne and his pusher, Carl Edwards, on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

Gordon earns pole

Talladega, Ala. — Jeff Gordon won his 70th career pole to lead a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top four spots at Talladega Superspeedway.

Jimmie Johnson begins on the outside of the front row after a qualifying effort of 177.844, followed by Mark Martin (177.807) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (177.765).

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