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Kurt Busch wins at Dover




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October 3, 2011 | 1,702 views | Post a comment

Kurt Busch claimed his second win of the season and first of the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday when he took the checkered flag in the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.


“It was just a perfect execution -- pit stops, making the car better,” Busch said in victory lane.


Jimmie Johnson finished second, and Carl Edwards overcame a pit road speeding penalty under green on lap 243 to finish third.


“That was really, really dumb,” Edwards said of his speeding miscue. “It was completely my fault that we didn’t have a chance to race up there.”


All four manufacturers claimed top-four finishes in Sunday’s race, with Dodge the win, Chevrolet the runner-up spot, Ford third, and the Toyota of Kasey Kahne finishing fourth.


Kurt Busch claimed the lead on lap three, getting by pole sitter Martin Truex Jr. for the top spot. He and Edwards then ran first and second for much of the first half of the 400-lap race.


Edwards took the lead from Busch on lap 59. He lost the lead during a caution on lap 136 when Jeff Burton opted to stay out while the leaders headed down pit road. Burton quickly relinquished the lead when the race went back to green, though, and fell back through the field. Edwards reassumed the top-spot and Busch second-place.


Both Edwards and Busch lost several position on the next caution that came out for debris on lap 175 because of varying pit strategies. Johnson claimed the top spot on lap 200 and was soon joined by Matt Kenseth up front.


A cycle of green flag pit stops began on lap 241. Edwards fell off the lead lap when he was required to serve a pit road speeding penalty. Meanwhile, Kenseth inherited the lead from Johnson during the pit cycle, but Johnson got it back just a few laps later.


Kenseth got shuffled back to ninth on pit road during a caution with 48 laps to go when he took four tires as most of the other front runners took two. Johnson restarted in the lead with Busch alongside on the front row. Edwards was also back on the lead lap by that point.


Busch quickly got by Johnson on the restart, and the two maintained their positions the rest of the way.


“Really, I just got a poor restart when I was the leader,” Johnson said.


Kenseth worked his way back into the top-five with 16 laps remaining and held on to the fifth spot the rest of the way.


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