BUSCH: Bowyer grabs first career win in Nashville

After one day of waiting to get the show on the track, the NASCAR Busch Series race took the green flag on Sunday afternoon at the 1.3-mile Nashville Superpeedway. Saturday's schedule was bumped after the never-ending season of rainy weather ...

After one day of waiting to get the show on the track, the NASCAR Busch Series race took the green flag on Sunday afternoon at the 1.3-mile Nashville Superpeedway. Saturday's schedule was bumped after the never-ending season of rainy weather postponed the race.

Clint Bowyer held off Kenny Wallace in the closing laps to finally grab the golden ring by notching his first NBS career win. The Kansas native landed the seat in the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the 2005 season. Last year he shared the second RCR ride with the Cup series star Kevin Harvick.

After scoring in the top-five at both Nashville races last season, Bowyer was pleased to get the victory. "It's great to finally get the deal sealed at Nashville. I absolutely cannot believe it."

Wallace gave it all he had in his Stacker 2 Racing Ford, just missing the opportunity to take his first NBS season win. Twice now at Nashville, Wallace was the runner-up, a feat he has accomplished three times this season.

"I am mature enough to appreciate second place," Wallace said. "That is our third second-place of the year, and we are going to win soon. I want to thank the entire team; they gave me great pit stops, but we just simply got beat."

As Wallace was putting the charge on Bowyer, his attention in the final 25 laps had to focus in his rear-view mirror as Chip Ganassi Racing's rookie sensation was putting on the charge to move into the second position.

Sorrenson won his first NBS race at Nashville in March and the rookie was looking to seal career win number two today for his CGR Dodge Charger team. He might not have taken the victory, but the rookie now leads the standings.

All bets were off when the caution came out ending what could have been a great finish between the three drivers. Johnny Benson spun on the final lap, after the leaders had seen the white flag.

There were 14 lead changes and eight cautions covering 36 laps in the 225 lap competition.

With the race moved to Sunday, the NNCS drivers who had planned to pull the double between Nashville and Pocono had to sit out the race as they were putting on a show in Pocono.

Heading into Nashville's second race in 2005, the NBS points leader was Carl Edwards who missed the event due to his Cup commitment. Edwards dropped to fourth in the the standings.

Tony Raines and Martin Truex, Jr rounded out the top five.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Kenny Wallace , Johnny Benson , Tony Raines , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Chip Ganassi , Clint Bowyer
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Richard Childress Racing