Kyle Busch Youngest Ever Winner

Kyle Busch became the youngest winner in NASCAR Nextel Cup history after winning the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway - taking the record by just four days

Kyle Busch Youngest Ever Winner

Busch won the race aged 20 years, four months and two days, beating the previous best set by Donald Thomas in 1952 when he won at Lakewood Speedway, Georgia.

Busch, the younger brother of reigning Nextel Cup Champion Kurt, is in his rookie season for Hendrick Motorsport after finishing second in the Busch Series last season.

The Las Vegas driver led 95 of the 250 laps and dominated the latter stages of the race but was also fortuitous with his pit strategy on his final stop.

While many expected leader Busch to stay out on track when a caution for debris was called with nine laps to go, he opted to head into the pits with the rest of the leading runners, headed by last week's Bristol winner, Matt Kenseth.

"The radio was telling me to stay out but I thought I run over something so I had to go in the pits," Busch said. "Then everyone else followed me and I thought - cool."

Busch then changed only two tyres because he had pulled up too close to the pitwall, Busch's crew deciding it would have taken too long to move the Chevrolet Monte Carlo back into a position to enable the left side tyres to be changed.

Busch led the pack out of the pits but what proved crucial was Kenseth losing several positions because he had opted to change all four tyres.

Busch pulled away at the restart and there were enough cars between him and Kenseth for him to survive another late race caution period for a five car incident involving Sterling Marlin, Scott Riggs, Robby Gordon, Scott Wimmer and Jeff Burton.

Kyle Busch was congratulated by his older brother Kurt, before he and owner Rick Hendrick declared that they would donate their share of their winnings to the relief effort for Hurricane Katrina.

Greg Biffle finished second, ahead of Busch's teammate Brian Vickers.

Carl Edwards finished fourth after a remarkable comeback drive. Edwards, who won the Busch race yesterday, spun on lap 47 while leading when he suffered a flat rear tyre but avoided hitting the wall.

Points leader Tony Stewart finished fifth ahead of Kasey Kahne, who pipped Kenseth for sixth at the end.

Result of Sony HD 500, California Speedway:

Pos Driver Make Laps 1. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 254 2. Greg Biffle Ford 254 3. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 254 4. Carl Edwards Ford 254 5. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 254 6. Kasey Kahne Dodge 254 7. Matt Kenseth Ford 254 8. Jamie McMurray Dodge 254 9. Ricky Rudd Ford 254 10. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 254 11. Mark Martin Ford 254 12. Kurt Busch Ford 254 13. Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 254 14. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 254 15. Rusty Wallace Dodge 254 16. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 254 17. Elliott Sadler Ford 254 18. Ryan Newman Dodge 254 19. Sterling Marlin Dodge 254 20. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 254 21. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 254 22. Dave Blaney Chevrolet 254 23. Bobby Hamilton Jr Chevrolet 254 24. Dale Jarrett Ford 254 25. Jeff Green Dodge 254 26. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 254 27. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 254 28. Tony Raines Dodge 254 29. Ken Schrader Dodge 253 30. Boris Said Chevrolet 253 31. Scott Wimmer Dodge 250 32. Casey Mears Dodge 249 33. Travis Kvapil Dodge 249 34. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 248 35. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 248 36. Scott Riggs Chevrolet 246 37. Mike Garvey Ford 232 38. Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 211 39. J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 209 40. Bill Elliott Dodge 180 41. Kyle Petty Dodge 171 42. Hermie Sadler Dodge 87 43. Stuart Kirby Chevrolet 31 
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