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Bumping no big deal to Kurt Busch in win

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 13, 2006


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Kurt Busch held off Robby Gordon in a stirring last-lap duel Saturday to win the Busch Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

Busch, who earned the pole earlier in the day and led the first 16 of 82 laps, led Gordon by several lengths on a restart after a caution flag set up a green-white-checkered finish. About midway through the 11-turn, 2.45-mile layout, Gordon hit the back bumper of Busch's Dodge.

Busch pulled away again, but on the last lap Gordon again reached Busch's back bumper in the chicane, drove through the grass, slammed into the side of Busch's car and sent it through the grass on the other side. But Busch stayed in control, hit Gordon back and held him off.

"When he pushed, I stood on it and drove straight through the grass," Busch said. "... That was a battle."

NASCAR TRUCKS: Johnny Benson took advantage of a dustup between leaders Todd Bodine and Mike Skinner to win the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway in Gladeville, Tenn.

With Skinner leading on a green-white-checkered restart, Bodine faked to the outside, dropped inside, then nudged Skinner up the track. When Skinner returned the favor on the final lap, the two tangled and went into the wall, allowing Benson to take the lead and the win.

INDYCARS: Helio Castroneves earned the pole for today's Kentucky Indy 300 with a lap of 218.328 around the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway.

Sarah Fisher qualified 12th in her return after more than two seasons away. Fisher and Danica Patrick, who starts 11th, compose the first all-female row in series history.

"I don't look at (Patrick's car) and go, 'I've got to go faster than her,' " said Fisher, who is on a one-race deal with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. "That's not how it is at all."

CHAMP CARS: Sebastian Bourdais, the two-time defending race champion, set a track record with a lap of 59.096 seconds (100.941 mph) to earn the pole for today's Grand Prix of Denver. Bourdais, a St. Petersburg resident and the points leader, broke Paul Tracy's mark of 59.432 set last year.

NHRA: Greg Anderson improved his quarter-mile run to 6.736 seconds at 204.20 mph to stay atop Pro Stock in qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel); John Force (Funny Car) and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led their classes.