Friday, April 20, 2018
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Busch dominates Nationwide race at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — Kyle Busch had a commanding lead wiped out with one ill-timed caution.

He snagged it back just in time to extend his dominant run in the NASCAR Nationwide series — and seal his latest win with a kiss.

Busch was the newest driver to kiss the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading 92 of 100 laps to win Saturday's Indiana 250.

How'd they taste?

"Like bricks," he said.

Busch dropped from first to third with six laps left after a restart in which his duel with Joey Logano allowed Brian Scott to slip under both for the lead.

But Busch's No. 54 Toyota was the fastest car all day and roared back to take the lead with three laps left, extending his series record with his 59th career victory.

"It's Indianapolis. It's pretty awesome to be able to win here, whether you are driving Nationwide or (Sprint) Cup, sports cars, Formula One, MotoGP, anything," Busch said.

Scott finished second, his best Nationwide finish in 128 starts, followed by Logano.

Scott said he was "just praying" to pull away from Busch after getting around him.

"I feel like he was able to get by me because I was a little too cautious on corner entry," Scott said. "I'd give anything to rewind, go back and be able to do it again. It's great to have a second-place finish, but it's frustrating to be so close and have to sit there and watch the other team celebrate."

FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton will start from the pole in today's Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. "I'm really surprised," said Hamilton, whose lap of 1 minute, 19.388 seconds in a Mercedes edged three-time defending series champ Sebastian Vettel (1:19.426) in a Red Bull.

NHRA: Matt Hagan topped Funny Car qualifying at the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals as Friday's track-record run of 3.986 seconds at 320.51 mph held up through the second day of qualifying. David Grubnic (3.765 seconds at 324.28 mph) led Top Fuel, Mike Edwards (6.526, 212.56) was fastest in Pro Stock, and Matt Smith (6.838 at 195.73) topped Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Motorcycles: James "Bubba" Stewart of Haines City earned his first Pro Motocross Championships victory of the season in Millville, Minn. He won the first 450 class moto and was third in the second.

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