Busch takes NASCAR Nationwide race

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kyle Busch took the lead from Joey Logano with 18 laps left in Friday's VFW 200 and went on to his fifth Nationwide series victory this season and second in three years at Darlington Raceway.

The win capped a dominant showing by the Busch boys at the track "Too Tough To Tame." Older brother Kurt set a qualifying record to earn the Sprint Cup pole for tonight's Southern 500. Kyle was third in Cup qualifying before dominating the Nationwide race.

The younger Busch started from the pole and was the strongest car throughout. He led 107 of the 147 laps and finished a second in front of Elliott Sadler. Joe Gibbs Racing placed four in the top five, with Busch's and Sadler's teammates Brian Vickers third and Matt Kenseth fifth.

Kyle Busch started from the pole — the four JGR racers qualified 1-2-3-4 — and was rarely challenged. Kenseth, a past Nationwide winner here, was the only other driver to lead more than a lap with 27.

Logano was in front when the field restarted after the last of four caution periods while Busch was in third. Busch quickly got past Austin Dillon for second and began reeling in Logano, his former JGR teammate.

Busch, the Nationwide leader with 56 career wins, swept past Logano on Lap 129.

The leading rookie in NASCAR's second-tier series, Kyle Larson, finished sixth.

NHRA: Matt Hagan led Funny Car qualifying at the rain-delayed Southern Nationals in Atlanta. Hagan, the 2011 series champion, powered his Dodge Charger to a track record time of 4.067 seconds at a top speed of 312.86 mph. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were No. 1 qualifiers for today's eliminations.

Busch takes NASCAR Nationwide race 05/10/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:40pm]

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