HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) _ Jeff Burton made it two Busch Series
victories in a row. He easily held off Richard Childress Racing
teammate and reigning Busch champion Kevin Harvick to win the
Nicorette 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Burton didn't need any last-lap heroics this time. But he did need a little luck. The longtime NASCAR star made it two Busch Series victories in a row, easily holding off Richard Childress Racing teammate and reigning Busch champion Kevin Harvick to win the Nicorette 300 at
Atlanta Motor Speedway.
A week ago in Las Vegas, Burton made a late charge to catch Kyle
Busch, colliding with the leader and sending Busch crashing into
the wall as he zoomed past just before the checkered flag. Busch
slid backwards across the finish line in second.
Busch again appeared to be on the way to a victory today,
building leads of a full straightaway before the last of six
caution flags came out on lap 167 of the 195-lap race when Todd
Kluever hit the wall after being hit from behind by open-wheel star
Sam Hornish Junior.
All the leaders pitted and Busch easily led everyone back onto
the track. But a NASCAR official spotted a missing lugnut on
Busch's left front wheel and called him back into the pits. The
Hendrick Motorsports driver fell all the way to 15th for the
The race restarted on lap 174 and Busch charged through the
field. He got all the way to third before running out of laps.
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