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Kyle Busch claims 13th Charlotte Motor Speedway win


Kyle Busch continued his NASCAR Nationwide Series dominance Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the Dollar General 300 to sweep both series races at the track this year.

The victory makes Busch the winningest driver in Charlotte Motor Speedway history, with 13 across all NASCAR series. However, he remains winless in the Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte, something he hopes to change in Saturday's Bank of America 500.

"I certainly want to do this tomorrow night also," Busch said as he exited his car in Victory Lane Friday night.

Later in the media center, he expanded on his mastery of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"Well, I about wrecked my Cup car in practice today," Busch said. "No, this has been a really good race track for me. I enjoy coming to Charlotte; I feel like I've really taken to this place over the years. Seems like I can figure it out in Truck and Nationwide, but I seem to have a little bit of a struggle in the Cup side. So we'll see if we can't change that around tomorrow."

Busch and his wife Samantha announced from Victory Lane that they would be donating the earnings from Friday's win to the Pretty in Pink breast cancer champions that had been with them at the track all day.

The Buschs had already donated $80,000 to the group of 12 local underinsured and uninsured men and women suffering from breast cancer earlier Friday.

"It has been amazing," Samantha Busch said as she joined her husband in Victory Lane. "God has blessed us with our fans and sponsors and friends. We have (eight) patients with us here in Victory Lane, and now they're going to get the race winnings too."

Busch took the lead from Sam Hornish Jr. with eight laps remaining by taking advantage of lapped traffic.

Hornish hesitated as he approached the slower car, first considering taking Busch three-wide before backing off just enough to allow Busch to the high side, where he claimed the lead by threading along the wall, a move he said he picked up from rookie Kyle Larson earlier in the race. From there, Busch fell into his Charlotte groove and started stretching his lead.

Hornish led 76 laps, including 12 of the final 20, and was in position to pick up a win. But, as the laps ticked off, the car got looser and looser, leaving Hornish a sitting duck.

"In the last 10 laps the car went from being right about where I wanted it to be to free enough that I was swatting flies," Hornish said. "You don't get that close very often when you race against Kyle especially at here in the Nationwide Series, and to have it slip away in the last 10 laps is frustrating."

Hornish's car fell away enough in the closing laps that Austin Dillon was also able to overtake him as well, relegating the title contender to third. His chief competition, Dillon, finished second and retains the championship points lead.

"You had three guys there fighting it out and giving it everything we had," Dillon said. "That was a heck of a race. I told Sam (Hornish) I thought that was the best race I have run all year."

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