Busch One In A Million

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CONCORD, N.C. - Kurt Busch bounced back from hitting the wall and went on to win his first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and a $1 million first prize.

Busch took advantage of misfortune that fell on younger brother Kyle and survived a rash of late race restarts to notch his first career all-star victory in nine starts.

"Man, this car was a rocket ship at the end," Busch said. "This is huge. This is one of the big marquee events. Just to be able to do it here, in front of the Penske organization, it's huge."

Denny Hamlin jumped into the lead at the start of the final ten lap segment of the four segment event which was under caution early.

Joey Logano made contact with Mark Martin in turn one and the chain reaction accident swept up Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhart, Jr., Tony Stewart and David Reutimann before it was over.

"It was pretty wild," said Martin. "I don't know what happened. We didn't get the best start, and then the 20 swerved up into us."

When the green reappeared, Hamlin was soon caught up in a scuffle with teammate Busch, As the duo raced down the backstretch, Busch had a run on the high side of Hamlin but slide into the wall damaging his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

He fell back in the field and eventually blew his right side tire running through turn one sliding into Kasey Kahne and sending the two on the vicious crash into the outside wall. Neither driver was injured but Busch was hopping mad at Hamlin.

"Someone better keep me away from Denny Hamlin after this race," Busch said over his team radio. "We had this race won, we had it won!"

Busch was able to drive around Hamlin, Kyle and Jimmie Johnson for the top spot during the incident. Despite a couple more restarts, one caused when Johnson slide across the frontstretch infield grass after spinning out racing against Hamlin, Busch kept his Penske Racing Miller Lite Dodge ahead of the field the rest of the way to collect the checkered flag.

Martin Truex Jr., who was the Sprint Showdown winner, was second. Joey Logano, Hamlin and defending all-star winner Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.

Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Bobby Labonte completed the first 10 finishers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for next Sunday's running of the Coca-Cola 600.

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