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Busch takes another NASCAR Nationwide victory

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch, starting from the pole, held off charging series leader Austin Dillon to win Friday night's Dollar General 300 Nationwide series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Earlier in the day, Busch had earned his ninth series pole this season, and for the eighth time in nine tries this year, Busch won from the top starting spot.

The victory was the series-best 11th of the season for Busch, who won for the eighth time in the series at Charlotte and 62nd in his career, extending his series record. He also owns the track record for victories with 13 including five in trucks — but none in Sprint Cup.

"I feel like I've really taken to this place over the years," Busch said. "I have it figured out in (trucks) and Nationwide but I seem to have a little bit of a struggle on the Cup side. We'll see if we can't change that around (tonight)."

In Victory Lane, Busch, who drove a black car trimmed in pink, announced he and wife Samantha were donating all race winnings to the Pretty in Pink Foundation to assist families dealing with breast cancer.

Sam Hornish finished third and remained eight points behind Dillon in the standings. Hornish scored an extra point for leading most laps (76).

"We had three guys fighting it out there till the end with everything we had," Dillon said. "It was a heck of a race. I told Sam it was the best race I felt like I was a part of all year, slicing and dicing out there.

Kevin Harvick came home fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth and Justin Allgaier.

Earlier, Busch said he apparently expects retaliation from Brad Keselowski for wrecking him in last weekend's Nationwide race at Kansas. "Probably for Brad being who Brad is, I guess I should be worried because he's stupid enough to do something," Busch said on SiriusXM NASCAR during Joe Gibbs Racing's fan day. Busch and Keselowski were racing side-by-side in Saturday's closing laps when Busch got into Keselowski's left rear. Keselowski's car hit the outside wall, and he angrily jumped out, jogged toward pit road and gestured wildly at Busch's crew.

Injured F1 driver dies: Maria de Villota, a pioneering female Formula One test driver who survived a 2012 crash in which she lost her right eye, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, Spain. She was 33. The autopsy showed "neurological damage" from last year's wreck likely caused her death, her sister Isabel said. She added that her sister died in her sleep about 6 a.m. De Villota had seemingly recovered from the crash, though she was no longer testing. She wrote a book about her accident, which happened as she drove for Marussia at a test in England, and recently married. De Villota, a Madrid native, was the daughter of Emilio de Villota, who drove in F1 from 1976-82.

Busch takes another NASCAR Nationwide victory 10/11/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:13am]
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