DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Kyle Busch finally broke through to win a Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway after near misses the past two years.
Busch moved past Elliott Sadler 23 laps from the end and stayed in front of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin to win the Royal Purple 200 on Friday night, his fifth Nationwide victory this season and 48th overall - one behind Mark Martin's series record.
But for all the success Busch has had in the series, he had been snakebit by ``The Lady in Black.''
He led for 143 laps in 2009 before cutting a tire and finishing 16th, than was edged out by Hamlin a year ago with what he thought was the faster car.
This time, Busch waited for his time as fellow Sprint Cup regulars Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards took their turns at the top before falling back.
Sadler was third, series points leader Justin Algaier fourth and Steve Wallace fifth.

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