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Published: Mar 23, 2009
Bristol: Another One For the Busch's
by Stewart Michaels

Five races into the season and three of them have ended with a Busch in Victory Lane.  Kyle Busch rebounded from a heart-breaking Nationwide loss the night before to take home the Sprint Cup win Sunday, thanks to the same pit crew that cost him a chance to take home both.

Saturday night Busch's team let a tire get away from them on the final pit stop, forcing a penalty.  Busch had led 157 laps of the shorter Bristol derby but dropped to sixth.

That pit crew got a chance to redeem themselves Sunday.  After dominating the race for the second time in less than 24 hours, Busch headed into the pits one last time.  A tank of gas, four tires later and Busch was out ahead of Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson, holding them off for his second win of the season, getting the big payoff for his 378 laps out front. 

The Food City 500 win was just the latest in a run that has seen Busch take home wins at each track this season, rounding up a victories in all three levels of NASCAR.  On opening week he finished first in one of two qualifying races for the Daytona 500, then followed that with a pair of titles with in the Truck and Nationwide races in California.  He got his first Sprint Cup win of the season in his home town of Las Vegas on March 1st then took the Nationwide race in Atlanta. 

Older brother Kurt connected Kyle's two Sprint titles with one of his own, two weeks ago, in Atlanta but finished a disappointing 11th in Bristol.

Hamlin finished behind Busch at Bristol for the second time in a row, matching his effort from last September.  Johnson came in third, Jeff Gordon fourth and Kasey Kahne was fifth.  Pole-sitter Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top 10.

Next week the circuit will move to Martinsville Speedway in Virgina where Hamlin will be looking for back-to-back Goody 500 wins.

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