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Rain shortens Nationwide Series race

March 01, 2014, Staff report,

Phoenix Nationwide Series race ends after just over a two-hour delay

MORE: Full race results

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Rain late in Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Speedway halted the event with 32 laps remaining and Kyle Busch in the lead.

After just over a two-hour delay, the race was called official and Busch was declared the winner

Officials had just thrown a caution for a crash by Ryan Reed when rain began to fall. The precipitation quickly grew heavy, and NASCAR directed the cars down pit road and stopped the event under a red flag. Busch led Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth in the running order.

It looked like the race may get restarted as officials worked to try the track with the Air Titan drying system but then a heavy downpour came through around 7:15 p.m. ET and the race was called.

Rain had fallen earlier in the morning on the raceway, but the Air Titan drying system was able to dry the 1-mile facility and allow all activities to proceed as scheduled until more inclement weather returned late in the Nationwide race.