Jamie McMurray held off 2010 Nationwide Series wins leader Kyle Busch to win the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
McMurray, the winner of the 2010 Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400, driving the 88 Hellman's Chevy for JR Motorsports, took the lead for good by beating Busch off pit road on lap 167 of 195.
“He definitely wanted to get in front on the restart,” said McMurray’s crew chief, Tony Eury Sr. “He got out in the middle and got in front. That’s the kind of move you have to make to win the race.”
Busch led the most laps in the race but finished second, less than a second behind McMurray. Carl Edwards was third.
McMurray, who raced to his first Nationwide Series win in Atlanta in 2002, won for the first time since 2004 in Darlington.
McMurray started seventh but said, “We unloaded as the fastest car here on the first practice.”
“We just had a really good day,” McMurray said. “At the end we just had tons of speed and certainly getting out in front on that last restart was critical. … Fortunately, we got a jump there and got ahead of Kyle. The clean air out front is huge.”
Kevin Harvick finished fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. Jason Leffler, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, and rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed the top 10.
Busch will have to try another week for his record 11th win of the season.
This is the first win of the season for the Dale Earnhardt Jr. owned team.
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