Historic Win For Busch

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Kyle Busch made history by giving Toyota its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory as he took the checkered flag in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch, who looked to be headed to victory lane in Saturday's Nationwide Series race before cutting a tire, piloted his Joe Gibbs Racing Camry to the historic victory.

It was the first time a foreign manufacturer won in NASCAR's top series since a Jaguar driven by Al Keller at Linden, N.J., went to victory lane in 1954.

Busch, winning for the first time since last March 25 at Bristol, took the lead for good with 50 laps to go.

"This guy here, (crew chief) Steve Addington, the boys on the 18 car from the beginning, and the 18 has always been the car to beat here at Atlanta for many, many years when the place was redone with Bobby Labonte," said Busch in victory lane. "This means so much to come back and do this and Jimmy Makar coming up and giving me congratulations made it set in."

At age 22, Busch became the youngest driver to win a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

He took two of the three races at AMS over the weekend, also scoring a win Friday's Craftsman Truck Series race.

Busch now leads both the Sprint Cup and truck series point standings.

Busch outran his teammate Tony Stewart to the finish line to give JGR a 1-2 finish.

Stewart was involved in a major controversy over the tire used at Atlanta and lashed out at Goodyear again in his post-race comments.

“That’s the most pathetic racing tire I’ve ever been on in my career,” Stewart said. “Goodyear can’t build a tire that is worth a crap. If I were Goodyear I’d be embarrassed with the tire they brought here today. It was ridiculous to have to race on a tire like that today.

“They should just pull out.”

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who started outside the front row and dominated the early portion of the race, finished third.

Greg Biffle and polesitter Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five.

Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers and Jeff Burton completed the first ten finishers.

Richard Childress Racing had three drivers in the top ten.

Carl Edwards was shooting for his third straight win and the Roush Fenway Racing driver looked like he was on his way when he held the lead in the late portions of the race.

But a blown engine sidelined Edwards on lap 274 and he was credited with a 42nd place finish.

"Something is bleeding heavily from the engine,” said Edwards, who was without crew chief Bob Osborne, serving the first of his six race suspension. “I was just cruising along. That car was really, really good. I think we were going to win that race. We were having a blast. Robbie Reiser kept calling me Matt and I kept calling him Bob.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Bristol Motor Speedway next Sunday.

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