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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond

It was business as usual at Richmond Friday night, as Kyle Busch in his No. 18 ran up front all night, led the most laps, and won the race. Busch, who led four times for 115 laps, had little trouble holding off Carl Edwards following a late restart in notching his third victory of the 2009 campaign. But, much like last season’s race at O’Reilly Raceway Park that saw Busch do the same thing on a short track, there was plenty of racing throughout the pack to make Friday night an enjoyable show.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Hefty Odor Block 200 at Phoenix

*In a Nutshell:* Carl Edwards talked all week about how his No. 60 team had to be perfect the next two weekends if they had any shot of scoring a second consecutive Nationwide title. And while there were minor hiccups, the No. 60 group did everything they could, leading the most laps and dominating the second half of Saturday’s event to score Edwards his sixth win of the season. The defending champ was facing heavy competition early on from Kevin Harvick and from the No. 18 of JGR, this week driven by Denny Hamlin. Hamlin, who got within a car length of Edwards on the final lap, won the pole and led 62 laps, but never could recover from a botched pit stop that saw his crew mix sticker and scuffed tires during a tire change. Kyle Busch also faded late, suffering from brake troubles for the second portion of the race.

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That’s History Profiles: Derrike Cope

Dale Earnhardt seemed destined to finally win the race that had eluded him through his entire career after dominating the event, leading 155 of 200 laps. However, a broken piece of transmission bellhousing from Ricky Rudd's No. 5 Levi-Garrett Chevrolet ended that notion. Earnhardt ran over the debris entering turn 3 at about 195 mph, and cut down a right rear tire. The black No. 3 GM Goodwrench Lumina wobbled up the racetrack and slowed, clearing the way for relative unknown Derrike Cope from Spanaway, Wash. to capture his first career victory in NASCAR's biggest race.

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