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  • AUTO RACING

    Kyle Busch records his 12th Nationwide victory

  • AVONDALE, Ariz. — Another Nationwide Series race, another Kyle Busch win.
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  • AVONDALE, Ariz. — Another Nationwide Series race, another Kyle Busch win.
    Busch picked up his 12th win of the season Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway, leading a race-high 169 laps. Now, a year after he went winless in the Nationwide Series, Busch can match his career best 13-win 2010 season with a victory in next week's finale at Homestead.
    "Just looking forward to the rest of this year, there's only one more left," said Busch, who has a record 63 victories in the series. "We look forward to going to Homestead, that's a place we've run well in the past in the Nationwide cars. This year we need to lead the most laps and win the race to have a shot at winning the owners' championship."
    Busch's victory, coupled with Brad Keselowski's 19th-place finish, sliced Penske Racing's lead in the race for the owner championship to four points over Joe Gibbs Racing. Keselowski's day was ruined when contact from Brian Scott sent him spinning into the wall.
    "Just disappointed for Roger Penske," said Keselowski, who will turn the car over to Joey Logano at Homestead. "Some things you can control, some things you can't. That was just a situation with no control."
    Busch took no joy in Keselowski's trouble.
    "I hate it that he had trouble when both of us are racing well and racing potentially for a win together," Busch said.
    The battle for the more prolific driver championship stayed close, too, as Austin Dillon finished third to maintain his points lead over Sam Hornish Jr.
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