Kyle Busch Wins the Royal Purple 300

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The race ended with the "Kyle Busch show" but it was not Kyle who dominated today's Royal Purple 300. Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick together swapped the lead 10 times. 

Edwards started from the pole with Harvick beside him, and by lap 5 they had already swapped the lead three times between them.

On lap 20, Jennifer Jo Cobb spun in turn 4, bringing out a caution. After this week's drama, see: Total Drama: NASCAR and also Jen Cobb Stands Up and Move On: California Bound, Cobb was unable to finish the race and was scored in 38th position.

Besides all the Sprint Cup drivers dominating the top few positions, the Nationwide-only drivers had a great day. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led 10 laps, breezing by his teammate Carl Edwards for the lead. Elliott Sadler, Aric Almirola and Trevor Bayne all managed to hang within the top 10 most of the race.

On the final series of pit stops, with less than 20 laps to go Busch's crew chief Jason Ratcliff made the call for a two-tire stop. Edwards and Harvick both took four tires; this call would be the deciding factor that won Busch the race. Busch led the final 17 laps of the race.

This win is Kyle Busch's third consecutive and he has won five of his last six starts in the Nationwide Series.

Here are the complete race results for today's Royal Purple 300:
  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Carl Edwards
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  5. Elliott Sadler
  6. Trevor Bayne
  7. Joey Logano
  8. Mark Martin
  9. Aric Almirola
  10. Brad Keselowski
  11. Jason Leffler
  12. Justin Allgaier
  13. Brian Scott
  14. Reed Sorenson
  15. Kenny Wallace
  16. Josh Wise
  17. Ryan Truex
  18. Michael Annett
  19. Mike Bliss
  20. J.R. Fitzpatrick
  21. Eric McMlure
  22. Kevin Conway
  23. Morgan Shepherd
  24. Mike Wallace
  25. Charles Lewandoski
  26. Tony Raines
  27. Steven Wallace
  28. Kevin Lepage
  29. Robert Richardson Jr.
  30. Tim Andrews
  31. Derrike Cope
  32. Timmy Hill
  33. Blake Koch
  34. Scott Wimmer
  35. Jeremy Clements
  36. Dennis Setzer
  37. Jeff Green
  38. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  39. Joe Nemechek
  40. Alex Kennedy
  41. Carl Long
  42. Brett Rowe
  43. Mike Harmon
On Monday, I will have the points report in my column NASCAR by the Numbers, so keep an eye out.
Kyle Busch Wins the Royal Purple 300 Kyle Busch Wins the Royal Purple 300 Reviewed by Unknown on Saturday, March 26, 2011 Rating: 5