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OXFORD 250: Kyle Busch Checks Another Title Off His Career Bucket List

Sunday, July 24, 2011

OXFORD, Maine – Kyle Busch knocked another race off his bucket list.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver held off serious challenges from some of the guys who know Oxford Plains Speedway best, winning the 38th TD Bank Oxford 250 on Sunday night. It was Busch's third try in the event and the first time that everything went completely right.

"I have had my fair share of problems here in the past," said Busch, who led laps in both the 2005 and 2006 events before flat tires or engine issues cut his bids short. "But it's been fun to race around here. It's a neat little race track. It's certainly got its little quirks and bumps and things, but it's just about trying to get into a rhythm.

"It helped me to try and find that."

 

It was hard for Busch to do that, especially with Sweet and Austin Theriault lined up behind him on a restart with 16 to go. But Busch was able to get away for some breathing room, leaving Sweet and Theriault to wrestle for position to the end.

Two-time Oxford 250 champion Eddie MacDonald rallied from a flat tire to finish fourth, while Brian Hoar finished fifth.

"It was a heck of a show from my vantage point," Busch said. "We were all over each other for the lead the whole time.

"This is fun. This is great. It's everything I thought it would be. The Oxford 250 is a special one, and it's one I had on my list."

In addition to having won the Winchester 400 in Winchester, Ind., and the Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Fla., Busch won the prestigious Slinger Nationals in Wisconsin two weeks ago. On Saturday night, he won a PASS-sanctioned Super Late Model 150 at Oxford to complete the first half of his weekend sweep.

He said he has no other plans for his Kyle Busch Motorsports team this year, and if no one is interested in buying his ACT-legal Late Model he's taking it home to his shop.

"I think the pricetag just went up on it," Busch joked.

Busch started fifth on Sunday, and he seemed content to ride behind the early pace of Taylor, a nine-time track champion at Oxford.

Following a restart with less than 70 laps to go, though, Busch finally got under Taylor for the lead.

Taylor faded to sixth over the final 50 laps. John Donahue, Shawn Martin, Eric Williams and Quinny Welch finished sixth through 10th. Jeff Marshall and Randy Potter were the only other cars to finish on the lead lap in the 38-car field.

A total of 82 cars attempted to qualify for the race.

– TB