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Busch Takes First IROC Series Win at Talladega

TALLADEGA, April 5 - Kurt Busch, representing the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, captured his first career True Value International Race of Champions (IROC) victory Saturday in round two, of the four part all-star series, at Talladega Superspeedway.

Busch, averaging 139.367 mph, won by a mere .098 seconds over NASCAR Truck Series Champion, Mike Bliss.

Finishing third was NASCAR Busch Series Champion, Greg Biffle, fourth was IRL IndyCar Series Champion, Sam Hornish, Jr. and fifth went to IROC race one winner, Mark Martin.

NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ryan Newman started on the pole and held the lead for the first three laps when Bliss took over the point for a lap. Busch led for the next two laps and was passed by NASCAR teammate Mark Martin, who held the lead for two laps. Busch reclaimed the lead on lap nine and was leading at the stripe to the end of the 38-lap, 101.08-mile event.

The only incident occurred on lap 35 when IndyCar Series Champion, Sam Hornish Jr. made contact with World of Outlaws Champion, Steve Kinser in the third turn. Kinser spun into the infield and regained control of the car without making any contact. Ryan Newman slowed to avoid Kinser and was tagged in the rear by IndyCar Series driver Felipe Giaffone, who suffered significant damage to the front of his IROC car. Newman and Giaffone were hastily serviced by the True Value IROC crew and rejoined the field before the restart.

There were five lead changes among four drivers. Busch was awarded five bonus points for leading the most laps followed by Newman, garnering three bonus points for leading the second most laps led. Two bonus points went to Martin for leading the third most laps.

Bliss and Biffle tried to challenge Busch as they approached the finish line but Busch held his line. This is awesome, said Busch. Its something that Ill cherish forever, trying to race with the best of the best. We were having so much fun out here. Its a pleasure. To all those fans that hung out and watched us race at Talladega, it was an exciting show.

The True Value IROC Series will resume with race three at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL on Saturday, July 12 and will conclude at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 2.

The True Value IROC Talladega race will be broadcast on Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

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