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NNS: Busch Breezes To NHMS Victory

Kyle Busch won a race and reached a significant milestone Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Busch dominated the New England 200, leading most of the afternoon and outrunning Nationwide Series point leader Brad Keselowski for the victory. He was not challenged at the finish.

Busch’s lap-led total of 126 made him the No. 1 lap leader in Nationwide Series history, giving him a career number of 8,117 and moving him past Mark Martin. The victory was Busch’s 36th in the series, tying him with Kevin Harvick for second on that list (behind Martin’s 48).

“There’s one more record I’m after,” said Busch, a six-time winner this year. “That’s the win record.”

Busch also became the first two-time winner at NHMS in the 24-year history of Nationwide racing at the track.

Keselowski, whose point lead swelled to 247, was no match for Busch in the twilight laps of the race. “We were off a little at the start of the race, and we made progress, but we didn’t have enough,” Keselowski said.

Joey Logano, Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, ran on Busch’s bumper much of the afternoon but fell back to fourth in the closing laps after he spun his tires on the final restart. Carl Edwards finished third, and Trevor Bayne took fifth.

Danica Patrick, racing in the Nationwide Series for the fourth time, finished 30th, five laps down. Her car was damaged on the race’s seventh lap after contact with Morgan Shepherd. Patrick bumped the rear of Shepherd’s car as they rolled to the garage after the race.

“It was definitely a long day,” Patrick said. “It’s always tough when you start from behind and get a lap down so quickly. It was a bummer to get lapped so many times, but it was a learning process.”

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Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEEDtv.com and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.