RICHMOND, Va. — Kurt Busch held on in a side-by-side, last-lap duel with local favorite Denny Hamlin to win the Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night.

RICHMOND, Va. — Kurt Busch held on in a side-by-side, last-lap duel with local favorite Denny Hamlin to win the Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night.

Driving a car owned by brother Kyle, Busch passed Kevin Harvick on the 222nd lap after the green-flag stops. Busch seemed likely to cruise to the victory until Hamlin pulled up on his rear bumper with a few laps to go, and ducked inside him as they crossed the white line for the final lap. Busch, somehow, held off Hamlin on the outside to win by a nose.

Harvick, who dominated much of the race with a car that seemed the class of the field, especially on fresh tires, faded after the final stops under green and finished third. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. Points leader Elliott Sadler was sixth.

The race also included a bit of history as 70-year-old Morgan Shepherd led four laps when he stayed out under a caution, extending his series record as the oldest to lead a lap.

Danica Patrick, who started 16th, was in the mid-20s all night and finished 21st.