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Busch's hesitation leads to Sauter win

February 22, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com

Driver had planned to make his move on last lap in shortened race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Busch played the waiting game, only to see time run out during Friday night’s NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

 “There at the end I thought I was in the perfect spot,” Busch said, “running second right behind Johnny (Sauter). I was going to somehow make a move on the last lap. Unfortunately it was only a 99-lap race so … I wasn’t able to make a move coming down toward the end.”

In a race that saw six cautions slow the pace, it was a final yellow flag that appeared after Sauter, Busch, Ron Hornaday Jr. and several others had taken the white flag that officially put an end to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. Justin Lofton and rookie Jeb Burton trailed Hornaday to complete the top five.

The caution squashed Busch’s chances at attempting to get around the race leader for the win.

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“I’ll show you next year,” Busch said, smiling, when asked how he planned to get to the front on the final lap.

“It’s a risk you take,” he said. … “If I would have made the move right then and there coming to the white, probably myself and Johnny … would have finished about 30th. Everybody would have driven right by us if I would have made the move coming to the white. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do taking the chance it's going to go the full 100.”

It was the fourth top-five finish, and third runner-up, for Busch in the series at Daytona.

Burton, whose father Ward is a former Daytona 500 winner, said the race was “a little calmer than what we’ve seen in the past.

“I was glad when we went across the finish line and I wasn’t in a wreck,” he said. “It would have been really cool to win (here), especially because (my dad) did. My uncle (Jeff Burton) has won here at the night (Cup) race. So it was a good way to start off the year.”

The next race for the series, the Kroger 250, is scheduled for April 6 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

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