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Busch edges Stewart in wild Bud Shootout at Daytona

11:05 PM, Feb 18, 2012   |    comments
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Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - In what turned out to be a frantic night of racing at Daytona International Speedway, Kyle Busch bounced back from two near wrecks and then beat reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart to the finish line by inches to win Saturday's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

Midway through the race, Busch got nudged by Jimmie Johnson and lost control but did an amazing job of saving his car. He was also involved in a multi-car crash in the closing laps, which led to a green-white-checkered finish.

Busch made a sling-shot pass on Stewart coming out of the final turn of the last lap and then beat him by 0.01 seconds for his first win in the preseason, non-points race at Daytona.

With the return of pack drafting and less two-car tandems at Daytona, the race featured three major crashes, including the final one that featured Jeff Gordon's car getting flipped upside down and sliding about 1,000 feet along the backstretch before it moved side over side multiple times and came to a rest on its roof. Gordon crawled out of the car unscathed.

Marcos Ambrose, in his first Budweiser Shootout appearance, finished third. Brad Keselowski, also a newcomer to this event, placed fourth, and Denny Hamlin completed the top-five.

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