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Busch captures Mexico 200 for third straight win

Apr 20, 2008 - 10:26 PM MEXICO CITY (Ticker) -- There is no slowing down Kyle Busch.

The Las Vegas native won his third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series race Sunday, taking the checkered flag at the Corona Mexico 200.

In a Toyota, Busch passed the Dodge of Scott Pruett with nine laps remaining and cruised to the easy victory, winning nearly a second ahead of Marcos Ambrose's Ford. It was Busch's first NASCAR victory on a road course and the 14th in this series.

"It's just awesome coming down here - everybody loves doing it and wants to win it," Busch said. "Only one of us guys gets to leave with the trophy, and I'm glad it's us."

Pruett, who lost in heartbreaking fashion when teammate and eventual race winner Juan Pablo Montoya spun him out late in last year's race, was third.

"We struggled with the set up and just didn't have it right all day," said Pruett, who led a race-high 36 laps. "We just got what we could."

Reigning series champion Carl Edwards was fourth in a Ford, with Canadian Patrick Carpentier rounding out the top five in a Dodge.

"The good thing is two weeks in a row we had a car that could win," Edwards said. "Congratulations to Kyle and the 20 team - three in a row, they're getting it done."

Edwards cut his deficit in the standings to a mere nine points behind leader Clint Bowyer, who finished sixth in a Chevrolet.

The Chevrolets of Scott Wimmer, Brad Keselowski, Mike Bliss and Steven Wallace rounded out the top-10. It was Wallace's first career top-10 finish.

With his win, Busch moved within 66 points of the lead. Busch is not slated to run a full Nationwide series schedule this season, but hinted if he got on a winning streak he would consider making a run for the title.

After the race, Busch remained non-committal on his plans.

"It's still a race-by-race deal," Busch said. "Who knows what we have left, if we even have anything left. We'll see how it goes."

Busch started the season by earning back-to-back second-place finishes at Daytona and California. But in the ensuing four races, his strong runs were ruined by bad luck and he averaged a 28th-place finish to squelch talk of running a full Nationwide slate.

Three straight wins later, those talks have resumed.

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