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Rookie Busch saves enough for final push

By wire services
Published May 30, 2004

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch needed a bit of good fortune to take the lead late in Saturday's Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Then he just made sure he had enough gas to hold on.

The rookie went ahead when Joe Nemechek lost control with 18 laps to go, then pulled away from the field before winning under caution. It was his second victory in his past three Busch Series races.

Busch finished second last year in his Busch debut, falling behind Matt Kenseth on a late restart. This time, Busch benefited from the late caution on Nemechek's spinout to save gas for a final push to the checkered flag.

Busch won under caution after Tony Raines hit the wall with two laps to go.

"I just kept watching the fuel gauge making sure we were all right," Busch said. "We were doing pretty good and saving fuel on those last cautions."

Several of the leaders were low enough on gas that they drove on the apron during the last caution to avoid the banked turns, which could slosh gas away from the intake and stall the car.

Jamie McMurray finished second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jason Leffler and Tony Stewart.

FORMULA ONE: Michael Schumacher rebounded from last week's crash to capture his 60th career pole at the European Grand Prix in Nuerburgring, Germany.

Schumacher, whose season-opening five-race winning streak ended at the Monaco Grand Prix, is closing in on Ayrton Senna's record of 65 poles. This was Schumacher's fifth of the season.

"There is always some extra motivation from the fans at a home race," said Schumacher, who is German. "It is also good to be racing so soon after Monaco to put that disappointment behind me."

The six-time champion was timed in 1 minute, 28.351 seconds on the 3.2-mile circuit.

Takuma Sato was second in 1:28.896, and Jarno Trulli took third at 1:29.135.

NHRA: Greg Anderson edged David Connolly by 0.0001 seconds to win the $50,000 King Demon Crown at the O'Reilly Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan. Anderson finished in 6.907 seconds at 198.93 mph in the special bonus event for Pro Stock racers. Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel), Whit Bazemore (Funny Car) and Steve Johns (Pro Stock) led their divisions into today's eliminations.

[Last modified May 29, 2004, 23:54:21]

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