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Kyle Busch! In a 1-2 overtime finish with Joe Gibbs' teammate Denny Hamlin


Kyle Busch's pit crew did a great job to keep him in command all afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch led 378 laps. (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)


   By Mike Mulhern

   BRISTOL, Tenn.
   Kyle Busch gets his second NASCAR Cup tour win of the season Sunday, edging teammate Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson in the Bristol Food City 500.
   "We should have won here last year, and I feel this place owes me a couple," Busch said after adding this win to his Las Vegas victory three weeks ago. "But you can't expect a track to give you anything. You have to go out and get it."
   Johnson was almost ecstatic to be in contention for a win at this deceptive track, where he's rarely done well.
   "I'm very pleased. To be that close to a win….now I can see what the leaders are doing," Johnson said. "Before, we weren't in the race. But we've gone over all our data, and my guys gave me just what I needed.
  "Things were really starting to make sense. I really wish we could go out and run another 500 laps."
   "We had a shot, with that last caution, but our car would take so long to get going, 80 or 90 laps," Hamlin said. "I felt we had a first-place car on long runs and about a third-place car on short runs."
   Busch had been angry with his Saturday pit crew for a slow stop that cost him a win in the Nationwide race. And many of those same guys were on his Sunday crew…and they were brilliant this time.
   "When a pit crew gets you out to a race win, that's definitely a team effort," runnerup Hamlin said. "If we'd gotten off pit road ahead of him, I guarantee you he would have had a tough time getting around me.
   "But he's got a solid pit crew, and he's got everything working for him right now."
   Hamlin for the past year has vowed to get his career back in gear, and he's said he's tired of not winning. So Sunday's second-place run was somewhat bittersweet, because it's been exactly a full year since his last tour win, at Martinsville last spring.
   "Whoever came out in the lead on that last pit stop was going to be in good shape," Johnson agreed.
   "We had a problem getting the left rear on. It sounds like we didn't get the jack up enough to get the tire on. But we were fortunate there weren't a lot of cars on pit road right then, because it was a very slow stop, maybe 20 seconds. We were lucky to come out fifth; I thought we'd been 15th."


Kyle Busch is in the money again (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)





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