BUSCH: Mears notches his first win in Chicago

If Casey Mears would have known all it would take to win his first NASCAR race was a little bit of a gamble, he would have become a wagering man long ago. Crew chief Brad Parrott made a call to stay out on lap 156 taking a risk on fuel to earn...

If Casey Mears would have known all it would take to win his first NASCAR race was a little bit of a gamble, he would have become a wagering man long ago. Crew chief Brad Parrott made a call to stay out on lap 156 taking a risk on fuel to earn Mears his first career NASCAR race of any kind.

Kurt Busch was leading the race when a caution brought the leaders to pit road. Mears stayed out inheriting the lead and was stout as the race closed out. The competition had one chance on lap 169 when the races last yellow waved, but no one had enough juice to pass Mears. Turns out Mears had just enough juice, he ran out of gas trying to drive his No. 42 Dodge to Victory Lane.

"The car was so strong," said Mears. "We got out to a strong lead and it let us conserve fuel. Luckily, there were no cautions there at the end."

The win comes in Mears 69th career Busch start and in his sixth Busch start of 2006.

"It's unreal," Mears said. "We have been racing four years in the NASCAR series and one in Busch. To get the win.great call by Brad Parrott.I had been dying to do doughnuts and burn tires and we ran out of gas. But that was all in the strategy."

Carl Edwards was second, "First of all, congratulations to Casey Mears.It's cool to see Casey get a win. My car was good it and it was good to see all the fans - thanks for coming out for it."

Cup series pole sitter Jeff Burton was third, "Well, I am real proud of my guys they worked real hard. Those two guys were just better than us and we came up a little bit short."

Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth complete the top five.

Edwards started on the pole but didn't even get up to speed before a multi- car melee broke out coming out of turn two for the first time involving Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Busch. The field restarted at lap six with Edwards still showing the way

Kurt Busch passed Edwards for the lead on lap six and was out front on lap 15 when Kyle Busch spun bringing out the second caution. Busch was leading on the restart at lap 18 but Edwards swiped the lead back on 37.

Edwards led through a series of green flag pit stops on lap 60. The third caution fell on lap 94 when Tracey Hines snapped around and hit the outside wall. Edwards led on the restart at lap 100 but the field didn't even make on circuit before the fourth yellow for debris slowed the field.

The No. 60 Ford was still leading on the restart at lap 104 but Busch quickly passed him for the lead. Busch was just starting to pull away when Elliott Sadler hit the wall causing the fifth caution period.

Busch led through the next two cautions periods. Kasey Kahne brought out the eighth yellow after a single car spin. That period brought leader Kurt Busch to pit road but several cars did not pit giving the lead to Mears on the restart at lap 156.

Mears was the leader on lap 169 when the ninth yellow waved for debris. Mears held off the competition to take the win in the USG Durock 300.

Kevin Harvick continues to lead Busch series points. Carl Edwards (-323), Clint Bowyer (-382), Denny Hamlin (-420) and JJ Yeley (-428) complete the top five.

There were nine cautions for 33 laps and nine lead changes among seven drivers.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch