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Busch pit crew helps him win at Dover



Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch's No.18 Joe Gibbs Racing pit crew did the job to get the points leader out front and he took it from there easily winning Sunday afternoon's Best Buy 400 at the Dover International Speedway. The No.18 Combos Toyota driver took the checkered flag 4.224 seconds ahead of Carl Edwards.

The victory was Busch's fourth of the season and eighth of his Sprint Cup career.

On the second-to-last pit stop, a green-flag stop, Busch was running second to Edwards. His team changed four tires and added two cans of fuel and got him out ahead of Edwards. Then on the final stop, another green-flag stop, the team put a stunning 12.7-second time to extend the No.18's lead to a comfortable margin. From there the talented driver took over and no one could catch him.

"The guys on pit road had a phenomenal day, got us out front and kept us out front amd that's what won it for us today," said Busch. "They should enjoy this win, this is their win.

Greg Biffle brought the field to the green flag for 400 laps under the hot Delaware sun. Jimmie Johnson, fastest in both Friday and Saturday practice, quickly showed his strength passing both Kyle and Kurt Busch for second place behind Biffle.

But it was all Biffle early on and his lead over the two-time series champion was three seconds after just 15 laps. Then on lap 17 Elliott Sadler, with help from David Gilliland, started a nine-car crash when he got loose and collected a bunch of championship contenders including Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne. Some of the damage was light, but Hamlin, Stewart and Sadler received the most serious damage.

"It will look like a dune buggy, but we'll get it out there," said Stewart, who would finish 41st.

The race was halted because of all the sheetmetal, parts and fluid strewn across Turn 2 and the backstretch.

They got back to racing on lap 26 and Biffle took up where he left off. By lap 40, Biffle had a two-second margin on Kyle Busch and his brother. Edwards used a two-tire stop to jump to fourth and Johnson was fifth. Biffle began to lap slower traffic around lap 50 and it helped Kyle Busch cut into his lead. But Biffle was still the class of the field through the first 65 laps.

Another caution flag slowed the field at lap 67 for a Tony Raines spin. Biffle was first off pit road, but a great 12.8-second stop by the No.17 Roush pit crew put Kenseth all the way up to fourth place.

On the next restart, Kyle Busch stayed right with Biffle. It was also starting to look like a good day for Roush Fenway Racing with Edwards in third, Kenseth in fourth and Jamie McMurray in sixth to go along with the race leader.

Through 146 laps and Biffle had led 145 of them when they began green-flag pit stops. Ryan Newman was first in and Biffle was in on the next lap giving Edwards a chance to lead the race and gain five bonus points. Kyle Busch and Johnson also led at least one lap to gain the bonus points.

On the pit stops, Kurt Busch had a fuel filler problem and he went down a lap to the leaders, And Johnson was caught speeding on pit road and he was sent to the back of the lead lap line - 16th overall.

Biffle cycled through and returned to the top spot as they went back to green on lap 158. But Edwards swept underneath him on lap 171 for the first green- flag pass of the afternoon.

Biffle was slowing and his pit crew reported he had "low voltage." The team told Biffle to shut off some electrical systems and they went to the backup ignition system.

By lap 175 Edwards' lead over Biffle was one second and Biffle was falling into the grasp of Kyle Busch. Busch got him on lap 187.

As they reached the halfway point, it was the two winningest drivers in 2008 holding down the top-two spots - Edwards (three wins) and Kyle Busch (three). Biffle, Kenseth and Jeff Gordon made up the top-five. There were just 16 cars remaining on the lead lap. Johnson was also working his way back from his pit road penalty. He was 12th and very close to Travis Kvapil for the 11th position.

Edwards was still setting a fast pace and put David Ragan, Juan Pablo Montoya and Paul Menard one lap down as they reached the 225-lap mark.

Another round of green-flag pit stops began with Newman and Martin Truex Jr. in first. Edwards came in on lap 233, no problems and off he went. Kyle Busch came in a lap later and that's when his team went to work. Busch beat Edwards to the start/finish line on his return to the track.

Kyle Busch jumped out quickly and built a one-second lead on the three Roush cars led by Edwards. But the man on the move was Johnson, who passed Jeff Burton and Blaney, and slid into sixth place.

With 100 laps to go it was Busch's Toyota leading three Roush Ford and two Hendrick Chevrolets.

Edwards had fallen back more than one second behind Busch, but now he closed the gap to just three lengths. Then it was two lengths as he challenged Busch for the lead while they worked their way through lapped traffic. But Busch held the lead and was still out front as the readied for the next and final round of pit stops.

Edwards came in on lap 317 and Kyle Busch one lap later. A 12.7-second stop for Busch kept him comfortably ahead of Edwards. The remainder of the lead lap cars came in by lap 326 and everyone was set for the run to the checkered flag.

It was Kyle Busch, Edwards, Kenseth, Gordon, Biffle, Johnson and Truex Jr. as the only cars on the lead lap with 70 laps to run. Busch was putting up the fastest laps and built the lead to three-and-a-half seconds with 60 laps to go. It appeared that as long as he had enough fuel and didn't make any mistakes, the race was his to win.

"I was just riding, taking car of it and running 90-percent, trying not to do anything stupid," said Busch.

The No.18 JGR Toyota's lead was six seconds with 55 laps to go. The lead had grown to more than seven seconds when Busch seemed to relax a little with 40 laps to go. Edwards chopped the lead to six seconds with 35 to go and 5.587 with 30 remaining.

But it was still Kyle Busch's race. He passed Johnson leaving just six cars on the lead lap and from there he cruised to the finish line without incident.

Biffle, Kenseth and Gordon completed the top-five.

With the win, Kyle Busch expanded his points lead to 142 over Burton, who finished eighth. Earnhardt Jr., who ended up with a 35th-place finish, is 271 points back in third place.

The next race on the Sprint Cup schedule is the Pocono 500 set for Sunday, June 8th.

06/01 18:17:33 ET

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