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March 24. 2013 9:34PM

Kyle Busch steals win at Auto Club 400

FONTANA, Calif. - Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano knocked each other off the race track on the final lap of Sunday's Auto Club 400 - allowing Kyle Busch to steal the win - but it was Tony Stewart who was fighting mad after the race.

Yes, it was Busch's 25th victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Yes, Busch broke a 31-race drought. Yes, Busch gave Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first victory at Auto Club Speedway.

But it was the banging between polesitter Hamlin and Logano and an angry confrontation between the crews of Stewart and Logano that stole attention from Busch's milestone win. Stewart took umbrage at a block by Logano on the final restart with 11 laps left in the 200-lap event.

His momentum broken by the block, Stewart fell through the field and finished 22nd. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second, behind Busch when the caution ended under caution. Kurt Busch overcame a brush with the wall and a speeding penalty to finish third, followed by Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle.

Logano limped home in sixth, but Hamlin nosed hard into the inside wall and was credited with a 25th-place finish.

A caution on lap 170 for Marcos Ambrose's blown left-rear tire followed almost immediately a round of green-flag pit stops and wiped out Busch's five-second lead over Harvick. That set up a restart on Lap 175 with Busch on the outside and Harvick beside him in the inside lane.

Harvick, however, failed to launch on the restart, allowing Kahne to move into second with Stewart behind him. One lap later, Mark Martin's spin off Turn 2 brought out the seventh caution and bunched the field for a restart on Lap 181.

Kyle Busch pulled away once again, but the engine in Clint Bowyer's Toyota exploded on Lap 185, giving cars running ninth on back a chance to pit for fresh tires in hopes of gaining ground on a final charge to the finish.

Kyle Busch paced the field to a restart on Lap 190 with Logano beside him, despite overheating issues that threatened his chances for a strong finish. Stewart was third and Kurt Busch fourth when the field took the green.

RACE RESULTS

1. (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, $334233.

2. (15) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 200, $212340.

3. (6) Joey Logano, Ford, 200, $189210.

4. (24) Carl Edwards, Ford, 200, $176965.

5. (10) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 200, $136965.

6. (2) Greg Biffle, Ford, 200, $144473.

7. (5) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 200, $146631.

8. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 200, $138156.

9. (16) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 200, $119365.

10. (20) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 200, $144148.

11. (19) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 200, $145616.

12. (18) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 200, $146666.

13. (14) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, $143816.

14. (23) Aric Almirola, Ford, 200, $136516.

15. (11) Casey Mears, Ford, 200, $126338.

16. (26) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 200, $122488.

17. (22) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 200, $105280.

18. (7) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 200, $128655.

19. (17) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 200, $122225.

20. (31) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #, Ford, 200, $142816.

21. (29) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 200, $108738.

22. (8) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 200, $137405.

23. (3) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 200, $143421.

24. (42) David Ragan, Ford, 200, $112313.

25. (1) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Accident, 199, $120080.

26. (40) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, 199, $88105.

27. (37) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 199, $90705.

28. (25) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 198, $107552.

29. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 198, $89705.

30. (36) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 194, $90955.

31. (32) David Stremme, Toyota, 193, $88755.

32. (43) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 193, $86055.

33. (28) David Reutimann, Toyota, Oil Leak, 192, $85830.

34. (33) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 188, $93630.

35. (13) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, Engine, 184, $128038.

36. (21) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 182, $112479.

37. (9) Mark Martin, Toyota, 179, $93034.

38. (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 169, $106524.

39. (39) Timmy Hill #, Ford, Rear Gear, 108, $75310.

40. (30) Josh Wise(i), Ford, Overheating, 103, $71310.

41. (38) Scott Riggs, Ford, Vibration, 66, $67310.

42. (35) Michael McDowell, Ford, Vibration, 60, $63310.

43. (41) Mike Bliss(i), Toyota, Fuel Pump, 44, $59810.?

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 135.351 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 57 Mins, 19 Secs. Margin of Victory: Caution.

Caution Flags: 9 for 35 laps.

Lead Changes: 17 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Hamlin 0; M. Kenseth 1-10; Kyle Busch 11-30; T. Kvapil 31; Kyle Busch 32-43; J. Logano 44-67; Kyle Busch 68; K. Harvick 69; T. Stewart 70-75; Kyle Busch 76-92; D. Hamlin 93-95; Kyle Busch 96-121; J. Logano 122-132; D. Ragan 133; T. Stewart 134-145; Kyle Busch 146-193; J. Logano 194-199; Kyle Busch 200;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Kyle Busch 7 times for 125 laps; J. Logano 3 times for 41 laps; T. Stewart 2 times for 18 laps; M. Kenseth 1 time for 10 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 3 laps; K. Harvick 1 time for 1 lap; D. Ragan 1 time for 1 lap; T. Kvapil 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 12 in Points: D. Earnhardt Jr. - 199; Brad Keselowski - 187; J. Johnson - 183; C. Edwards - 164; G. Biffle - 164; Kyle Busch - 163; K. Kahne - 159; P. Menard - 154; J. Logano - 146; D. Hamlin - 145; M. Kenseth - 141; R. Stenhouse Jr. # - 139.

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