Talladega Photo Finish to Busch

Kyle Busch

The margin of victory - .002 seconds - is the closest margin when using electronic scoring in series. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Kyle Busch slid by Aric Almirola at the finish line to score a thrilling win in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Busch made contact with the back of Almirola’s truck as the field raced to the checkered flag in an overtime finish and slid to the inside across the finish line to score the victory by .002-seconds.

The margin of victory was the closest in the series history since NASCAR introduced electronic scoring.

Busch led three times for only eight laps on his way to scoring his sixth victory of the season.

But the victory wasn’t controversy.

Busch’s slide to the inside of Almirola put his two left wheels below the yellow line which is deemed out of bounds by NASCAR rules. But officials ruled that because of the incidental contact that preceded Busch’s truck finding its way on the other side of the line the move was deemed legal.

"My perspective is we won the race, NASCAR's persepective is we finished in second place," said a disappointed Almirola. "It says plain as day in the rule book you can't improve your position going below the yellow line. I don't have a clear understanding of the (yellow line) rule, I guess.

“A part of me feels that I got robbed."

Busch saw the finish a completely different way and believes NASCAR made the right call considering the circumstances.

"I was already alongside him well before I got below the line. Judgment call,” Busch said. “It's on NASCAR.”

NASCAR vice president of competiion said the contact was what sent Busch below the line and that the pass was deemed legal.

"We looked at it 2-3 times and there was absolutely no question whatsoever." Pemberton said.

The dramatic dash to the finish was set up by a six truck accident that saw Ron Hornaday fly upside down and slide down the end of the frontstretch through turn one on his roof.

The veteran driver was uninjured in the violent crash that also involved Todd Bodine and four others.

Busch and Almirola were followed across the finish line by Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Ricky Carmichael.

James Buescher, Timothy Peters, Austin Dillon, Jason White and Craig Goess completed the top-10 finishers.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway next Friday night.

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