Kyle Busch Wins Under the Lights at Darlington


(DARLINGTON, S.C.) - A very focused Kyle Busch won his 3rd Sprint Cup race under the lights at Darlington, South Carolina. He led a race-high 169 of 367 laps in a Toyota.

The 23-year-old phenom went to Victory Lane for the third time this season in a Cup race and the eighth time in one of NASCAR's top three series, taming the newly paved Darlington Raceway with a comfortable 3.1-second margin over runner-up Carl Edwards.

Not even numerous brushes with the famed Darlington wall, the loss of brakes and a penalty for having a missing lug nut slowed Busch, who extended his points lead to 79 over Jeff Burton with his first Cup win on the eggshell-shaped track.

He then celebrated with what is becoming his trademark bow from the door of his car in a cloud of burnout smoke, playing up to the crowd's mix of boos and cheers in a way that would have made Dale Earnhardt proud. And like Earnhardt, who won 76 times, he didn't care that they were booing.

Busch hit the wall at least five times, turning the right side of his No. 18 car into a mass of mangled sheet metal. But it never slowed him down on a new surface that created speeds faster than NASCAR's oldest superspeedway has ever seen.

Carl Edwards finished 2nd and Jeff Gordon was 3rd, propelling him from 10th to 13th in the Cup standings.

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