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Busch dominant in victory

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 06:17 PM
AVONDALE, Ariz. -

Polesitter Kyle Busch dominated early and held off Carl Edwards late for the Nationwide Series' first wire-to-wire win in eight years on Saturday, setting up the chance for a perfect weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

The Nationwide opener was a nail-biter, with Tony Stewart nipping Clint Bowyer by .007 seconds for the series' closest finish ever at Daytona. Busch had race No. 2 looking like a walkover until Edwards pulled beside him three times in the final 20 laps.

Busch never let him get around, though, leading a track-record 200 laps to become the first green-to-checkers winner in any NASCAR series national race since Dale Earnhardt Jr. during a Nationwide race at Daytona in 2003.

The trucks winner Friday night, Busch can make it three straight in today's 500-mile Sprint Cup race, where he'll start fourth.

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