Auto racing: Kyle Busch works hard for Nationwide win

2013-07-14T00:00:00Z Auto racing: Kyle Busch works hard for Nationwide winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOUDON, N.H. - Kyle Busch needed some OT to grab that checkered flag. Once he did, he bowed twice to the crowd.

He could have done it one more time - one for each green-white-checkered finish he needed to survive to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Busch dominated in regulation, then proved he had the car to beat in three attempts of NASCAR's version of overtime to win the Nationwide Series race.

Busch needed to drive 213 laps of a scheduled 200-lap race to win his seventh race of the season and his 58th career Nationwide title.

He had enough fuel left in the tank to win from the pole for the fourth time this season. Busch then used it all up with one big burnout.

"We didn't want to have those late restarts," Busch said. "We felt like we had just enough fuel to make it to the end."

Not everyone made it.

Brian Vickers ran out of gas just as he crossed the finish line. Busch pitted for the final time two laps after Vickers, on lap 119. He tried to conserve fuel through various methods and pad his stats for total laps led. Busch passed the 12,000 mark in career laps led and has 12,085 now.

"It's just about being out front and setting your own pace," Busch said. "It's kind of like minding your own business."

Vickers was second and Austin Dillon third.

IndyCar

TORONTO - Scott Dixon passed Sebastien Bourdais with nine laps to go Saturday to win on the street course at Toronto, where controversy and comedy invaded Victory Lane.

Dixon's win, his second straight after his first victory of the season last weekend at Pocono, was the 31st of his career and moved him into a tie for seventh on the all-time win list with teammate Dario Franchitti, Bourdais and Paul Tracy.

Bourdais was second in his first podium finish since the 2007 Champ Car season, but the glass trophy he received slipped off the stand as it was handed to him and shattered into thousands of pieces.

Franchitti was handed the third-place trophy only to learn on the podium he'd been stripped of the finish for blocking Will Power on the final lap. Franchitti appealed, and two hours later IndyCar restored his third.

And to think, IndyCar gets to do it all over again today in Toronto in the second of three doubleheader weekends this season.

Pit stops

• Timothy Peters claimed the lead after a restart on lap 195 to win the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday.

• Kurt Busch, ninth in the points standings, will start second next to pole-winner Brad Keslowski in today's Sprint Cup race in New Hampshire.

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