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Busch sets Nationwide record at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch has shown repeatedly he can win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Nationwide and Truck series. The question remains whether he can capture that elusive first Sprint Cup victory.

Busch dominated Saturday, earning his sixth Nationwide victory of the season and record seventh career at the 1½-mile track. He also was the Truck series winner at the track last week, his fifth victory in that circuit at Charlotte.

Today he looks for a clean sweep in the Coca-Cola 600. Busch has finished in the top eight in 10 of the past 11 Cup races at CMS but has never won — a clear source of frustration.

"Definitely" Busch said. "I have been close here so many years. Two years ago at the fall race I led a ton of laps and then Matt Kenseth passed me with like eight laps to go. I've certainly had some devastating moments here at this race track."

Ten years and a day after his Nationwide debut, Busch won for the record 57th time in the series, in dominating fashion.

Busch started on the front row and led 186 of 200 laps. He got through several late restarts to break a tie with Mark Martin for Nationwide victories at the track.

With 13 laps to go Busch beat Kasey Kahne off the restart and was never challenged the rest of the way with the clean air helping him cruise to the finish line.

Double talk: NASCAR chairman Brian France said the organization is not talking with IndyCar about making it easier for drivers who want to try racing in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. "It's not on our front burner to work on that," France said on the eve of the two famous races.

Formula One: Nico Rosberg set the top qualifying time in 1 minute, 13.876 seconds for today's Monaco Grand Prix to secure his third consecutive pole and a fourth straight for Mercedes. The German driver finished ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton (1:13.967). Rosberg, 27, the son of former F1 champion Keke Rosberg, has spent much of his life in Monaco. "Very special for sure, I've grown up here, gone to school here," he said.

Busch sets Nationwide record at Charlotte 05/25/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 25, 2013 8:49pm]
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