Busch is best at Daytona
Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) -
Kyle Busch led 65 of 102 laps to capture Saturday's Winn-Dixxie 250 Busch Series race at the Daytona International Speedway. The No.5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driver crossed the finish line one-length ahead of Kevin Harvick.
The victory was Busch's first of the season and eighth of his Busch career.
Jason Leffler finally brought the field to the green flag almost 13 hours after the race was scheduled to drop the green flag after rain postponed Friday's race.
The No.38 Toyota driver didn't lead the race for very long. On the first lap Leffler fell back to the third spot as Harvick and Clint Bowyer both took the outside lane to pass him.
Harvick continued to show the way early as Bowyer, Leffler, Dave Blaney and Tony Stewart followed closely behind him. The top-five was separated by less than one second.
On lap 13 Harvick's car became very loss and he started to fall back through the field. Bowyer inherited the lead as his Richard Childress teammate, Harvick, found himself out of the top-10.
The NASCAR officials waved a scheduled competition caution on lap 20. During the caution period Bowyer led the leaders down pit road for their first stops of the race.
The battle off pit road was won by Busch, but in an unusual fashion. The No.5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driver maintained pit road speed as he used the grass to pass his competitors and win the battle. NASCAR officials gave Busch a warning for this maneuver.
When the race got back underway Busch led Bowyer, Leffler and Mike Wallace.
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