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Nationwide win gives Kyle Busch Charlotte sweep | Slideshow

CONCORD, N.C. - It was a familiar ending but a wild ride to get there.

Kyle Busch survived two red flags for rain, a multitude of multicar crashes and 13 cautions before holding off Jeff Burton to win Friday night's Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, his ninth Nationwide Series win of the season.

The victory gives Busch a sweep of the two series races at the track. He won the May race driving a Toyota for Braun Racing, while the remainder of his eight wins have come in Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas.

The win is also his 20th of the year in NASCAR’s top three series, Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks. Busch already has eight Cup wins and three in Trucks this season and could add to his Cup total in Saturday night's Bank of America 500.

"We've had a lot of phenomenal race cars this season. How many times do you get things like this?" said Busch. "It's definitely good to be back in Victory Lane, especially at Lowe's Motor Speedway. It's one of my favorite tracks."

Some of Busch's competitors complained Busch was brake-checking on some late-race restarts, but ESPN2's telemetry showed Busch was maintaining the same speed as the pace car coming to the green.

"I could see Burton coming close to my rear bumper and he had the momentum and I wasn't going to let him have the momentum on the restarts because then he'd go low and pass me going into (Turn) 1," Busch said.

"I waited until he got to my rear bumper and then I went. He had to stop and I went. That's what jumbled up the field back there. I apologize to those guys back there, but I have a race to win, too."

Brian Vickers finished third, series points leader Clint Bowyer was fourth and Carl Edwards was fifth.

Bowyer's finish, combined with a 14th-place finish by Joey Logano, who was involved in an early race wreck, pushed Bowyer's No. 2 Richard Childress Racing team into the lead in the standings for the owner championship for the first time this season.

The race was slow to get into a rhythm as five cautions and two red flags for rain marred the first 100 laps.

Busch took the lead for the first time on Lap 54, lost it while pitting on Lap 86 and regained it on Lap 90 by passing then-leader Mike Bliss on the restart following a caution.

After losing the lead again during pit stops, Busch lined up fifth on a restart on Lap 122 and took less than two laps to power around the four competitors in front of him.

Andrew Ranger's wreck on Lap 168 provided the caution most of the lead-lap cars required to get enough fuel to make it to the finish. On the restart on Lap 173, Busch held the lead after taking just two tires on his stop.

Even with some drivers taking four tires on the final stop, no one could run down Busch.

"I don't think anybody had anything for Kyle. That one time I got behind him and ran second and he took off and I couldn't see him anymore," Edwards said.

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