Busch wins Bud Shootout

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (TheSpread) – Kyle Busch survived a wild night to pull off the slimmest margin of victory in the history of the Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night.

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Busch was part of two major wrecks during Saturday’s exhibition race, but as the final laps took place, he found himself pushing Tony Stewart to the race lead, only to save one last push for himself, as he edged Stewart by a nose across the finish line to win the event for the first time in his career.

Busch entered the Shootout with 10/1 odds to win Saturday’s race. This means that a $100 wager on Busch to win will pay out an additional $1,000.

Stewart finished second to put a strong start to a 2011 season that saw him win the Sprint Cup Championship. He and Busch finished ahead of Marcos Ambrose, who came in third place.

Busch hopes that Saturday’s win will translate into a victory next Sunday in the Daytona 500, an even he has never won.

For complete Budweiser Shootout results, see below.

2012 NASCAR Budweiser Shootout Results – February 18, 2012 – Daytona International Speedway

1 Kyle Busch (18)

2 Tony Stewart (14)

3 Marcos Ambrose (9)

4 Brad Keselowski (2)

5 Denny Hamlin (11)

6 Greg Biffle (16)

7 Ryan Newman (39)

8 Clint Bowyer (15)

9 Carl Edwards (99)

10 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

11 Jeff Burton (31)

12 A J Allmendinger (22)

13 Kasey Kahne (5)

14 Jimmie Johnson (48)

15 Jeff Gordon (24)

16 Jamie McMurray (1)

17 Kurt Busch (51)

18 Joey Logano (20)

19 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

20 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

21 Matt Kenseth (17)

22 Kevin Harvick (29)

23 Paul Menard (27)

24 David Ragan (34)

25 Michael Waltrip (55)

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