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.
The rain-delayed race is the first Tuesday event for NASCAR in the modern era. NASCAR's last Tuesday run was in West Virginia in 1970.
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