BUSCH: Busch squeaks out Charlotte victory

BUSCH: Busch squeaks out Charlotte victory

Kyle Busch, running on fumes, held on under a late race caution, to earn his second victory in the last three events. Busch was leading the Carquest 300 with four laps to go, when two spinning cars in turn three brought out the ninth and final ...

Kyle Busch, running on fumes, held on under a late race caution, to earn his second victory in the last three events. Busch was leading the Carquest 300 with four laps to go, when two spinning cars in turn three brought out the ninth and final caution of the day.

Kyle Busch celebrates victory.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
The race appeared sewed up for the 19-year-old Las Vegas native, but as they approached the white flag, Busch's car began to sputter, making race fans wonder if the No. 5 Chevrolet could make it to the start/finish line.

Busch ended up having just enough fuel to complete the event, and do a series of burnouts, before the fuel cell went dry just short of victory lane.

"I just kept watching the fuel gauge making sure we were all right," Busch said. "We were doing pretty good and saving fuel on those last cautions."

Busch wasn't alone in the events closing laps, as many of the top cars had to jet down to the apron of the racetrack in an attempt to conserve fuel as the race finished under yellow flag conditions.

Jamie McMurray brought home the No. 1 Dodge in second, followed by Jason Leffler, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart.

Cup stars Harvick and Stewart both looked primed for victory at various points in the race, but incidents relegated them both back to top-five finishes. Stewart experienced shock problems on lap 43, going from first to worst and spent most of the afternoon playing catch-up.

Harvick's team lost a tire down pit lane during an early pit stop, and NASCAR penalized him from 2nd to 28th. Both Cup drivers made a valiant effort in working themselves back into contention for a race win, but came up just short.

"We were coming down pit road and just ended up getting ourselves into a hole," commented Harvick. "Track position is just everything here."

The win propels Busch into the lead in series standings, 38 points ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip (-158), David Green (-167) and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. (-238) complete the top five in points.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Jamie McMurray , David Green , Martin Truex Jr. , Eric Gilbert , Kyle Busch