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Nationwide: Busch's record 50th victory

Kyle Busch took the chequered flag at the end of Friday night's Food City 250 Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway to make history with his 50th win in the series.
Kyle Busch finally broke the tie with Mark Martin at the top of the "most wins in the Nationwide Series" records to enter the history books all by himself, taking his 50th series victory with the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night.

But Kyle was made to work for it, most dramatically at the end by his Joe Gibbs Racing Cup team mate Joey Logano, despite a first half that saw Busch lead every one of the 112 laps on the short half-mile oval and looking like he was cruising to victory lane on autopilot.

Then came lap 113, and with Busch hung up in traffic it allowed Clint Bowyer to close right up on the #18's bumper and take the lead for himself. Bowyer was still in front when a caution came out on lap 125 for a flat tyre on the #51 of Jeremy Clements, and maintained the top spot through the ensuing pit stops. There were two more rapid fire cautions - on lap 136 when Kenny Wallace blew a tyre and hit the wall into turns 3 and 4, and on lap 154 when Parker Kligerman half-spun in turn 2 while battling with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - which meant that Busch hadn't been able to fight back, and Bowyer continued to lead to the restart.

Once there was a return to green flag conditions, Busch retook the lead on lap 162 and led for another 25 laps, but Bowyer stayed in touch and retook the position just two laps before a caution came out on lap 191 for a blown tyre on David Starr's #33 which sent him into the wall at turn 1.

Busch, Bowyer and Carl Edwards all came into pit lane for fresh tyres, while Joey Logano, Jason Leffler and Elliott Sadler all gambled on staying out on old rubber and duly inherited the top spots. While Busch and Bowyer quickly dispatched Leffler and Sadler, the arrangement seemed to suit Logano just fine and while he soon surrendered the lead to Busch he was still able to stay with the #18 as the threesome broke away from the rest of the field on an all-green run to the chequered flag. Busch gradually eased out a lead of eight-tenths over Logano, but as the tyre wear disparity evened out in the final laps Logano was suddenly on it and cut through the gap to put himself right in a position to take the win.

"I don't know where he came from," said Busch. "He had a rocket ship there at the end. I just kept getting a little bit looser and a little bit looser the more we ran there," admitting that if the race had been two or three laps longer then Logano would probably have had the edge and gone on to beat him.

"I did everything I could have done besides wrecking him, but that ain't the right thing to do when he's your teammate! So we did everything we could do," said Logano.

In the end, Kyle crossed the finish line just 0.019s ahead of Logano, making it the closest finish at Bristol since electronic timing and scoring was introduced in 1993 - a classic way for him to finally take the record for most Nationwide Series wins in his own right after break the tie at the top of the history books with Mark Martin that he achieved at New Hampshire in July.

"It's awesome," Busch said. "To come here and to be able to beat [Mark's] record here at Bristol, one of my favourite places and one of the team's favourite places, it was certainly an awesome race." Martin has held the record since 1997.




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Kyle Busch waves a flag commemorating his 50th NASCAR Nationwide Series win, the most all-time, while doing donuts after the Food City 250 on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. [Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with a burnout after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with his team after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, lead the field on the first lap of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Austin Dillon, driver of the #33 Rheem Chevrolet, leads Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Crest Chevrolet, during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Crest Chevrolet, races to the finish line to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Crest Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Plaid Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, leads Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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