BUSCH: Talladega race story

Nemechek Wins Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Joe Nemechek captured the Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway by holding off Phil Parsons and Mike McLaughlin over the final laps of Saturday's NASCAR Busch...

Nemechek Wins Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Joe Nemechek captured the Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway by holding off Phil Parsons and Mike McLaughlin over the final laps of Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race. Nemechek, who won the season-opening NAPA Auto Parts 300, survived a wreck-filled event to collect his seventh NASCAR Busch Series event of his career. Four multiple car incidents eliminated many of the race's top contenders including the race's defending champion Mark Martin, two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Elliott Sadler. More than half of the field ran into problems during the event, with only 18 cars running at the finish. The race came down to a three-car duel after a late caution flag set up a 13-lap dash to the finish. Nemechek, the pole sitter for the event, was able to hold on over the final 11 laps as the cars of Parsons and McLaughlin weren't able to make a significant challenge at the lead. Nemechek, who led the first 21 laps of the event, did not retake the lead until he passed Buckshot Jones with 11 laps remaining. "This is an awesome feeling," said Nemechek. "It takes a heck of an effort to run good at Talladega. We missed a lot of accidents today, the one in turn four almost collected us early in the race. "We were strong car all day, but so did Phil Parsons, Mike (McLaughlin) and Buckshot. We fell back for awhile in the middle of the race, but we just had to find the guys that we ran the best with. Once we did that we were able to get back to the front." "I've got thank the good Lord that we were able to finish the race," said the second-place finishing Parsons. "I think all but one of those huge accidents happened right in front of us. Joe's (Nemechek) car was real strong, Mike (McLaughlin) and I were doing everything we could do to get a run on him." Nemechek led 32 laps of 113 laps en route to victory while averaging 118.196 mph. Racing action continues today (Sunday) when the stars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series take the green flag at 12 noon (CDT) for the DieHard 500.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Joe Nemechek , Buckshot Jones , Mike McLaughlin , Phil Parsons , Mark Martin