August 24, 2013 in Sports

Busch wins again at Bristol

Auto Racing Notes
 
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Kyle Busch celebrates his Nationwide win Friday.
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The crowd showered Kyle Busch with boos Friday night as he celebrated yet another win at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

“Whether you’re booing or cheering, glad you’re here,” Busch said over the public address system. “Hope you’re booing more tomorrow when we take home another trophy.”

It wouldn’t be out of the question for Busch, who will be going for a Bristol sweep in tonight’s Sprint Cup Series race. He won Wednesday night’s Truck Series race and dominated Friday night’s Nationwide Series race, starting from the pole and leading 228 of the 250 laps.

The win was his 60th Nationwide series win of his career, and 120th spanning NASCAR’s three national series. It was also his 15th of the season after winning just one race in all three series last season.

Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier.

Hamlin grabs pole at Bristol for first time

Denny Hamlin won the pole for tonight’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Hamlin turned a lap at 128.969 mph around the 0.533-mile bullring in qualifying to put his Toyota in the top spot at Bristol for the first time of his career.

It was good enough to hold off five-time Bristol winner Kurt Busch, who qualified second with a lap of 128.770. It’s the seventh front-row starting spot of the season for Busch, who is suddenly a hot commodity on the free-agent market with an offer to join Stewart-Haas Racing next season.

Carl Edwards qualified third and was followed by Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth as Toyota drivers took three of the top five spots.

Vettel fastest in 2nd Belgian GP practice

Sebastian Vettel had the fastest time before his rear tire punctured during the second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, Belgium.

The three-time defending Formula One champion had to stop with about 20 minutes left. His right rear tire popped and the loose rubber flapped around as he made his way back to the pits.

The German was earlier timed in 1 minute, 49.331 seconds. That was 0.059 seconds quicker than the time of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.


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