BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) _ Kurt Busch won for the second time in
three races, capturing the Nextel Cup event at Michigan
International Speedway that had twice been postponed because of
rain. He ended a 51-race winless streak two weeks ago at Pocono.
In winning the 3M Peformance 400, Busch resumes his late-season
charge to a spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.
The 2004 Cup champion solidified his berth in the 12-man lineup by
holding off Martin Truex Junior in the closing laps for the 17th
win of his career.
A spin by Greg Biffle with just two laps remaining sent the race
into overtime. But Busch easily pulled away from Truex when the
green flag waved for a two-lap shootout on lap 202. He beat Truex
to the finish line by about eight car-lengths on the two-mile oval.
With just three races remaining until the start of the 10-race
stock car playoff, Busch remains 12th in the standings, 33 points
behind Truex. Dale Earnhardt Junior jumped past Ryan Newman and
into 13th, but a slow pit stop late in the race cost him a top-10
finish as the fan favorite wound up 12th.
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