CONCORD, N.C. -- Jeff Burton came from the back of the field Friday night to win the crash-filled NASCAR Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The Nextel Cup star had a fast car, but was overshadowed for much of the 200-lap race by runaway points leader Carl Edwards and pole-winner Greg Biffle, who swapped the lead back and forth several times before both went out in multicar accidents just seven laps apart.
Burton, who moved steadily through the field after having to start from the rear because of an engine change, took the lead and control with 61 laps to go in the Dollar General 300.
Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who both also started deep in the pack, finished a distant second and third. They were followed by rookie Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, rookie David Ragan, Robby Gordon and Clint Bowyer, all Cup drivers who also will race tonight in the Bank of America 500.
"We had a really good car," Burton said. "It got better as the night went on. These guys (on the Richard Childress Racing crew) just kept making the car better all day. And, give them credit. They changed the engine, oil lines, everything (Thursday night), and the car was just great."
There were 10 caution flags in the race and Burton said the final one, on lap 182, gave him the win.
"We got lucky with that last caution," he said. "Junior was coming hard and I'm sure he would have gotten by us. But, after we got the tires cooled down during the caution, my car was fast, as fast as it had been all night."