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Busch makes it 2-for-2 at Chicagoland with NASCAR Nationwide victory

JOLIET, Ill. — Just when it appeared Kyle Busch couldn't be any stronger in a Nationwide Series race, he broke the record for most laps led on a 1.5-mile track in a Nationwide race in winning the Dollar General 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday.

Starting from the pole, Busch led 195 of 200 laps, eclipsing the record of 194 set by the late Dale Earnhardt in 1986 at Charlotte.

"It was just a great day with a phenomenal race car," said Busch, who earned his 10th win in 20 Nationwide races this season, tied for second-most on NASCAR's junior circuit behind his own record of 13 in 2010.

Busch also won Friday's truck race and will go for a second career weekend sweep in today's opener of the Sprint Cup 10-race Chase for the Championship. Busch previously won races in all three series in a weekend at Bristol in August 2010.

"Not as good as I'd like them to be," Busch, starting 12th today, said when asked about his chances for a sweep. "It's going to be a bit of a challenge."

Joey Logano was runnerup, followed by Sam Hornish.

NHRA: Cruz Pedregon earned the No. 1 qualifying spot in Funny Car at the Carolina Nationals in Charlotte as his Friday run of 3.980 seconds at 319.22 mph held up. Morgan Lucas led Top Fuel, Jason Line led Pro Stock and Matt Smith topped Pro Stock Motorcycle heading into today's eliminations. Pedregon can certify the run as a national record today if he posts a pass of 4.020 seconds or quicker.

Busch makes it 2-for-2 at Chicagoland with NASCAR Nationwide victory 09/14/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 14, 2013 8:54pm]
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