Rockingham: Jarrett holds off Busch

Dale Jarrett won the North Carolina 400 at Rockingham after a thrilling late-race battle with long-time leader Kurt Busch. Both were fighting loose cars on old tyres, but Jarrett's less aggressive style gave him a small advantage in the closing stages as the pair fought for traction in traffic

Rockingham: Jarrett holds off Busch

By the finish, Jarrett's Robert Yates Racing Ford had pulled out as much as four car lengths from the new series leader Busch, who notched up his second runner-up place in as many weeks.

"This is much more disappointing than last week at Daytona," said Busch, whose Ford had led from the midpoint of the race as the circuit conditions began to change in his favour. "It was good stuff and I had a great race with Dale, but we just can't seem to make the tyres last for 80 laps. They were great until 60 in."

Jarrett's progress was stealthy in the second half of the race but it only became clear of his potential in the last 40 laps. "We knew how competitive the car was but I wasn't sure we were going to catch Kurt," said Jarrett. "We both wore our tyres out and it was a tough race. We had to make a lot of changes but it worked out okay."

Busch's team-mate Matt Kenseth was third and probably had the fastest car of all in the closing stages but his challenge failed in the traffic. Rick Craven, who ran with the leaders all race, was fourth ahead of an impressive Jamie McMurray and Rusty Wallace who led for most of the first half of the race before his car fell out of the groove.

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