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Busch Holds Off Edwards To With Kroger 200 At ORP

[1]Kyle Busch held off Carl Edwards in the closing laps of the Kroger 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park to win his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season.

In the closing laps, Busch and Edwards raced side-by-side, in a familiar sight to those who watched Edwards wreck Brad Keselowski last week [2]. But this week, Edwards and Busch raced cleanly. But the thought did cross Busch’s mind.

Busch said:

You’re so vulnerable running the top side like you do here that people can dive-bomb you on the bottom and slide up into you. I knew it was there, but if I could just keep enough momentum and just keep my car rolling, then I felt like any time he’d lay a bumper to me, he’d get sideways, too. … [Edwards] could’ve used me up more than he did, but it could’ve cost us both time instead of him just being able to get by. You’ve got to have a really, really methodical way of going at it here. There just wasn’t enough time for him to do it in two laps.

Edwards, however, had no intention of wrecking Busch. He said:

I wasn’t going to move Kyle out of the way. I inadvertently got into him just a little off of [Turn] 4 one time. Fortunately, it didn’t cause damage to either of our cars. But, no, I couldn’t move him out of the way. We’ve raced really well together.

Top 5: Busch, Edwards, Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne, and Reed Sorenson.

Brendan Gaughan, Justin Allgaier, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, and Steve Wallace finished sixth through 10th, respectively.

Notables: Ricky Stenhouse Jr (11th), Colin Braun (12th), Mike Bliss (13th), Michael Annett (18th), Michael McDowell (20th), Mike Wallace (22nd), Ron Hornaday (28th), Jason Leffler (30th), Jason Keller (32nd), and Dennis SetzerĀ (43rd).