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2014 Buckle Up 200: Busch takes Nationwide Series win

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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch won Saturday’s Buckle Up 200 Presented by Click It or Ticket Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, leading the final 124 laps of the 200-lap race at the “Monster Mile” for his second win of the weekend. Busch also won Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Dover.

Busch is the only driver to complete the “trifecta” by winning in all three series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks – in one weekend at one track; he accomplished the feat in August 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch qualified the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry fourth Saturday morning.

"I’ve won the Southern 500 at Darlington, but I don’t have a Daytona 500. I don’t have a Coke 600, no All-Star race, no (win at the) Brickyard, so essentially, I got nothing," joked Busch. "Hopefully, someday, the big ones come. We’ll keep working toward all that. But the Bristol sweep ranks right up there. I’d say one here would rank right up there, too. The magnitude of stress put on your body, your car and your equipment due to this race track is high up there."

Busch’s JGR Nationwide Series teammates also crossed the finish line with top 10 finishes. Matt Kenseth, in the No. 20 Resers Toyota, finished fourth after a sixth-place start on the field, while Elliott Sadler, in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota, started and finished the race in ninth. Sadler sits second in points, four points behind leader Regan Smith, who finished 10th.

Trevor Bayne was runner-up to Busch, with former JGR driver Joey Logano finishing third; Logano had won the last four Nationwide Series race at Dover, dating back to his days with JGR. Rookie Chase Elliott finished fifth.

The Nationwide Series gets back on track June 14th at Michigan International Speedway.

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Busch starts on the outside pole for Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover with a speed of 163.785 mph (21.980 seconds). Brad Keselowski beat Busch to the pole in the final round of knock-out qualifying with a fast lap of 164.444 mph (21.892 seconds0.

Denny Hamlin starts seventh after his lap of 163.066 mph (22.077 seconds), while Kenseth starts 21st (162.536 mph/22.149 seconds). The FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks goes green Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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