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NNS: Kyle Busch Batting .500 With Bristol Win

Kyle Busch, after outdueling fierce rival and series point leader Brad Keselowski, held on to win Friday night’s Food City 250 Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

PDF > UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS: FOOD CITY 250 - BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY LINK> UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: FOOD CITY 250 - BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Busch has raced in 20 Nationwide events this season and has won 10, tying the record for seasonal victories. He also won Wednesday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at BMS and, with a win in Saturday night’s Sprint Cup event, could score a unique triple.

Following Busch Friday night were Jason Leffler, Elliott Sadler, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards.

The race featured a bristling battle for the lead between Keselowski and Busch. The rivals raced side for side for most of a 12-lap run as Busch tried to supplant Keselowski in first place. Busch finally passed Keselowski on the inside, but his car slipped and popped the wall as Keselowski bumped into the rear of the No. 18.

Busch retaliated immediately, hitting Keselowski’s car and sending him into a spin.

“I thought I had him cleared and moved up in front,” Busch said. “He decided he’d just run in the back of me and put me in the fence. That’s Brad Keselowski, and I went down in the next corner and dumped him. He does it to everybody else. Why can’t I do it to him?”

Keselowski, who finished 14th but retained a huge points lead, called it “hard racing. He got a great run through one and two and did a great job and almost cleared me. He kind of took for granted that I would lift, and I didn’t. That’s his right.”

A few laps later, tight racing between Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano caused Logano to slip and slow down, and Leffler popped his car, pushing Logano into a slide. That sparked a multi-car accident.

Kasey Kahne had a strong car in the race’s early laps, but his night ended in a wacky wreck that put his No. 38 into carnival thrill-show mode.

Kahne was racing three-wide with Trevor Bayne and Justin Allgaier. Kahne, on the outside, was squeezed into the outside wall, and the right side of his car climbed the SAFER barrier as the left-side tires carried Kahne down the track. He was not injured.

PDF > UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS: FOOD CITY 250 - BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY LINK> UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: FOOD CITY 250 - BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.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.

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