Jeff Burton Takes Checkered Flag At Camping World 300 Presented By RVS.Com


Carl Edwards clocks fastest Happy Hour time



            In a wild race that sported six cautions and one red flag, veteran Jeff Burton won his third NASCAR Busch Series race of the year, outdueling Kyle Busch down the stretch to take the checkered flag at the Busch Series Camping World 300 Presented by at Auto Club Speedway Saturday night.

            Burton (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet) led for 52 of the 150 laps, including the last eight laps, seizing a 2.859-second victory for his 25th-career NASCAR Busch Series title.

            "They had an awesome car. I knew I wasn't going to be able to hold them off. I was surprised I was able to hold them off as long as I did," Busch said.

            "I am a Busch driver that happens to be driving on Cup on Sunday," an elated, but exhausted Burton said. "My heroes growing up were Tommy Ellis, Tommy Houston. Those were the guys that I looked at and thought 'Wow.' They taught me how to race by just watching them. I honestly never laid in bed as a child dreaming about racing Cup. My dream was always to race at the Busch level.

            "I was never looking to go to Cup. I was a Busch racer. I wanted to be like Tommy Ellis."

            Six cautions, which tied down 28 laps, and a 28-minute red flag - the byproduct of a four-car accident on lap 69 that sent Brad Keselowski (No. 88 U.S. Navy Chevrolet) to a nearby hospital - kept the average speed to 127.629 mph. Keselowski was sent airborne by A.J. Allmendinger (No. 42 Memorex Dodge) and into one of the soft-wall barriers.

            "All I saw was a big ball of fire and cars on their sides and all that," Busch said. "It was a tough break for those guys. I hope everyone was all right."

            Of the 42 drivers starting the race in 102-degree heat Saturday evening, 16 failed to finish. One who did finish was series leader Carl Edwards (No. 60 Sharp AQUOS Ford), who was involved in a late accident on lap 133 with three other drivers. He was the only one of the four drivers still running at the end of the race.

            Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet) finished third, with Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Kobalt Tools Chevrolet) and Clint Bowyer (No. 21 Camping World Chevrolet) rounding out the top five.

            In the final practice for Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Sharp AQUOS 500, Carl Edwards

and his No. 99 Office Depot Ford romped to the fastest time at 178.749 mph (40.280 seconds). Bud Pole sitter Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) had the 13th fastest time at 174.821 mph (41.185 seconds).

            Sunday's Sharp AQUOS 500 begins at approximately 5 p.m.


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