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Kyle Busch Takes a Spin and Ends Up in Victory Lane

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 20:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Camille JonesContributor IIIMay 21, 2011

It has become proven time and time again–never count out Kyle Busch. Ever.

In Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series took to the track to rack up the start of the headlines for the two-week span of track action at the home track of many NASCAR drivers. 

Multiple spins and crashes slowed the field to yellow, some including big names such as Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday, and what's that, Kyle Busch? After getting spinning early in the race, Busch kept his No. 18 NOS Tundra safe from damage and was able to pit under caution. 

So, he's out of contention now, right?

Not quite.

Busch restarted only a few positions farther back from where he originally was and was able to dodge through the field to stay in the lead pack for the rest of the race.

Come the final laps, he approached the leader, Clint Bowyer, with his usual charge, passing him within minutes. Busch pulled away, leaving Bowyer four to five car lengths behind as he came across the finish line. 

Kyle Busch would join Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt in a tie for third in NASCAR career wins, with 97 each. 

While this win may be just another one in the books for Kyle Busch, it holds a stronger meaning to him and the team as for who they were racing for this weekend. 

Kyle Busch Motorsports ran this race with heavy hearts as they remembered the life of Zahra Baker, a 10-year-old girl from Hickory, NC, who was brutally murdered this past fall.

Between the team and Speedway Children's Charities, purple balloons were released before Busch climbed behind the wheel of his truck for the starting command, along with a picture of the young girl and her name on the passenger side. 

Following the race, in his Victory Lane interview, he stated, "I had an angel riding with me. We didn't have the truck to beat tonight, (Bowyer) did." Busch followed with, "I'm going to say I had some help tonight."

The win set as a memorable one for Kyle and his team, as through spins, car struggles, and heavy hearts–they still managed to bring it home, yet again. 

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