BUSCH: Earnhardt Jr wins Bristol in overtime

Dale Earnhardt Jr did get his NASCAR Busch Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway -- and he did it in overtime, in the DEI/Menard second car, not the primary car that Paul Menard pilots. "It's great to score the first NASCAR win for Menards," said...

Dale Earnhardt Jr did get his NASCAR Busch Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway -- and he did it in overtime, in the DEI/Menard second car, not the primary car that Paul Menard pilots.

"It's great to score the first NASCAR win for Menards," said Earnhardt. "This is a new deal for us, and I've liked everything I've seen so far. It's great to see a group of people and see how they perform in a new environment."

"We started this thing only a few races ago with Paul (Menard), and I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised. And to get back in the Busch car and drive for Menards, to win the pole and the win the race, that's about as good as it gets."

In what could be termed one of the wildest Busch races at Bristol, Earnhardt led the field to the green from the pole and outlasted fellow Cup driver Matt Kenseth on the final lap to score his first Busch race win at the half-mile oval.

"Man, it's something else to win at this place," exclaimed Earnhardt after he pulled into victory circle. "It's so tough, it's so grueling, I really know now why my Daddy appreciated winning here so much. It was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun. I'm just glad I didn't get wrecked at the end there."

With 13 cautions, it was no surprise that Friday night's race under the lights ended in green-white-checkered, the first for the Busch cars since the rule came into effect. The final caution was to clear up the track from a Tony Raines/Jay Sauter wreck.

"It was a good race, a good win," added the race winner. "He (Kenseth) layed off of me."

Kenseth brough the Ford home in second and admitted it was spinning tires that caused his problem on the final restart and allowed Earnhardt to pull away, "If I wouldn't have spun the tires, I think I would have had a shot at Junior."

"We didn't have a car that could have beat him unless we had a green-white-checkered," admitted Kenseth. "I was just real fast on the restart and spun the tires."

Regular Busch series driver Kyle Busch grabbed the third place finish and after his recent Busch victories, he is only 78 points out of the overall standings.

Points lader and driver of the Earnhardt Chance 2 Motorsports Chevy finished seventh after an early race incident with Greg Biffle.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jay Sauter , Tony Raines , Paul Menard , Kyle Busch