BUSCH: Hamilton Jr wins at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - After a two hour and twenty minute rain delay the Busch series event finally restarted, but Mother Nature wasn't done for the day. The field took the green/yellow flag and completed four laps earlier in the afternoon before a ...

AVONDALE, Ariz. - After a two hour and twenty minute rain delay the Busch series event finally restarted, but Mother Nature wasn't done for the day. The field took the green/yellow flag and completed four laps earlier in the afternoon before a teaming shower brought the cars to pit road. Track drying efforts commenced and the race restarted, completing 181 of 200 scheduled laps. Another rain shower peppered the track ending the race.

They finished as they ran at the time of the rain, giving Bobby Hamilton, Jr. his fifth career win.

"I was waiting around trying to save tires," said Hamilton, Jr. "I just started driving hard as I could. I drove it hard as I could and I was gone. I don't know if they could have gotten me or not.but right now I am in victory lane and I love it."

Hamilton now leads the series with four wins this year.

Kevin Harvick led three times for 60 laps, before succumbing to a second place finish.

"By the time we got to him we had just used everything up," said Harvick. "You gotta beat them on pit road, and today we just didn't."

Brian Vickers was third.

"Not bad a little wet," said Vickers. "All the guys did a great job.we just wanted to stay out of trouble and be there at the end. It was a good point's day for us."

Joe Nemechek and Ron Hornaday round out the top five finishers.

"I qualified 15th and drove my guts out," said Hornaday. "That's what we need to do; we're sneaking up slowly (on the championship.)

Scott Riggs takes the lead in the championship standings, Ron Hornaday, Brian Vickers, David Green and Jason Keller round out the top five.

"We just flat missed it," said Green who plunged from first to fourth in championship points. "We struggled through the whole race.we'll go to Rockingham and see what happens."

Sixty points separate positions one through five, the closest margin in Busch series history with just two events left to settle the championship.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green , Scott Riggs , Brian Vickers