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Busch claims second win of the weekend

Kyle Busch became the first driver ever to win both Nationwide and Truck Series races at Dover International Speedway after winning Saturday's Buckle Up 200.
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Buoyed with success from winning Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race, Kyle Busch made it a Dover double at the Monster Mile by picking up his 66th victory in 280 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and his third of 2014 with a win in the Buckle Up 200 on Saturday afternoon, setting him up for a possible historic Dover sweep if he can also win the Sprint Cup race on Sunday.

"A sweep here would rank right up there with the Bristol sweep because of the magnitude of stress put on the body, car and equipment through this race track is right up there," said Busch, who clearly rated his chances of winning tomorrow in the Cup race.

"Our [Cup] car has been really fast here," pointed out Busch. "We unloaded fast. I think we'll be all right tomorrow. Our guys gave me a great piece [to drive] today."

Busch had started Saturday's race from fourth place while Joey Logano had earlier claimed from pole position in his pursuit of what would have been a record-tying fifth consecutive Nationwide race win at Dover. Logano was immediately overtaken at the start by rookie star Chase Elliott, but he regained the lead by staying off pit road when a caution came out for Todd Bodine blowing up on lap 18. Elliott fell to sixth and Busch to seventh as the leading cars to have made four-tyre pit stops, but even with the fresh rubber and help from lapped traffic it took until lap 70 before he was able to press Logano for the top spot, only to be thwarted by a debris caution before he could pull it off.

Instead Busch successfully took control by winning the race off pit road, everyone coming in and taking four tyres this time around. Busch took off at the restart with his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Matt Kenseth moving into second place ahead of Logano, Trevor Bayne and Chase Elliott with Brian Scott in sixth, which remained the running order until the next debris caution came out on lap 139, just at the point where the field could pit for a final time and make it all the way to the finish.

The first restart proved shortlived after Ryan Reed got loose, bounced off the wall and inadvertently took out Cale Conley. At the next green flag, Busch once again pulled away from the field but behind him it was Bayne who proved to be the best of the rest by quickly moving into second place. At one point he was able to close up on Busch thanks to lapped traffic, but the #54 was wise to the danger and was soon pulling away again, eventually crossing the finish line a second ahead of Bayne.

"With 20 to go, I started making some pretty good gains on him," said Bayne afterwards. "His car was really loose and if he missed it a little bit it would wiggle up the race track. That's what allowed me to catch him as much as I did.

"I thought I was going to be able to get to him and make a move, but he got through lap traffic a little bit better than I did and that separated us a little bit," Bayne added. "He said he was giving it everything he had when I talked to him in victory lane. I said "I promise you, that was all I had to try to catch you!'"

"At the end the #6 certainly gave us a run for the money and closed in on us when we got in to a little traffic," Busch admitted.

As for Logano, his bid for that record-equalling run of five straight wins at Dover came to an end with a third place finish ahead of Kenseth, Elliott and Kyle Larson, who had survived an early heavy broadside against the wall in the #42.

"We were going for five in a row today so we came up short there," Logano sighed. "It's kind of frustrating but unfortunately all good things must come to an end.

"We didn't have a good enough start to pass cars on the restarts there,” he explained. "My car was just too loose and every time I'd get around someone, I'd get freer and I would be too loose to clear them."

In the Nationwide Series championship, Regan Smith's lead over Elliott Sadler is now down to just four points. In the car owner standings, the #54 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Busch has a 48 point lead over the #22 Penske entry helmed by Logano.

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Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
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