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Kyle Busch wins 50th Snowball Derby; Harrison Burton finishes fourth

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Kyle Busch led the final 17 laps and won the 50th Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.

It’s Busch’s second victory in the Super Late Model race after winning the 2009 edition of the event in Pensacola, Florida.

Driving a car he owned, Busch passed Jeff Choquette for the lead on Lap 283 on the inside as they entered Turn 1. Busch went unchallenged the rest of the way, beating Choquette, Bubba Pollard, K&N Pro Series East champion Harrison Burton and Cassius Clark.

The final 70 laps of the 300-lap race went caution free. Choquette and Pollard combined to lead 221 laps around the half-mile track.

The win came after Busch started the race 15th.

“This is awesome. Man, what a day,” Busch told Speed51.com in Victory Lane. “I didn’t think we had it there for a while, for about 280 laps. Then that final 20 (laps), she came to life. Just tried to persevere and save and work my way to those guys and finally be able to get my way around them. I wasn’t sure that once I got there I’d have enough to get by them. But they just kind of kept falling off and mine just plateaued and kind of stayed.”

Ty Majeski, who will drive for Roush Fenway Racing in the Xfinity Series next year, finished two laps down in 17th. Majeski restarted first from a caution mid-race, during which he did not pit. But the race went green for 75 laps and Majeski was lapped twice.

Defending Snowball Derby winner Christian Eckes finished 19th, three laps down after he was involved in the large multi-car wreck on Lap 93 that caused a red flag. That wreck also involved pole-sitter Preston Peltier, who finished 32nd.

Noah Gragson, who races for Busch in the Camping World Truck Series, finished 12th, one lap down.

Corey LaJoie placed 24th after a broken track bar ended his night on Lap 218.

Martin Truex Jr. wins first Dover stage for seventh stage victory of season

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Martin Truex Jr. won the first stage of the AAA Drive for Autism 400 after leading 68 laps at Dover International Speedway.

Truex, who won at Dover last fall, now has seven stage wins this year to lead the Cup Series.

Making up the top 10 after 120 laps: Truex, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez.

The first of five cautions in the stage was on Lap 16 for a spin in Turn 1 by Ryan Sieg, driving the No. 83 Toyota in his Cup debut.

During the pit sequence, pole-sitter Kyle Busch lost his left-rear tire leavin the pits after a miscue with the tire changer. After suffering damage to the left rear of the No. 18 Toyota, Busch restarted 34th and made his way back to the top 10.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who stayed out under the first caution, brought out the second caution on Lap 47 when he lost a tire and hit the wall entering Turn 3.

Stenhouse brought out the third caution when he lost his right-front tire again on Lap 62 and hit the wall out of Turn 4, ending his day. It’s his first DNF since the Daytona 500.

When the race went back to green on Lap 66, Kurt Busch restarted second and got loose in Turn 2. He spun and took out Brad Keselowski, ending his day. It’s Keselowski’s third DNF and second in a row.

Kurt Busch’s race ended 30 laps later when he lost his left-rear tire, spun and backed hard into the Turn 1 wall. It’s his first DNF since Martinsville.

Clint Bowyer exited the race during the caution with an oil leak.

The second stage will end on Lap 240 of 400.

Jeff Gordon’s Baby Ruth car sold at Barrett Jackson

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The Ford Thunderbird that Jeff Gordon won his first NASCAR races with back in 1992 is officially off the market.

The Baby Ruth sponsored No. 1 car, driven in 1992 by Gordon for Bill Davis, sold at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona this weekend with a winning bid of $110,000.

The car was recently restored under the supervision of former crew chief Ray Evernham. The $110,000 is a small amount compared to the $1.2 millon Rick Hendrick paid for the first 2017 Acura NSX.

The person that bought the Thunderbird now owns the vehicle that Gordon won three races in 1992 in what was then the Busch Series. At the end of 1992, Gordon made his Sprint Cup debut driving the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

Aric Almirola crashes, tells crew ‘that hurt’ (VIDEO)

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Aric Almirola slams into the wall on Lap 35 of the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, causing the first caution of the day to fly.