Kyle Busch races to victory in Royal Purple 300

FONTANA, Calif. — There was only one shot for Kyle Busch to win Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

Naturally, it worked out for him.

Busch was the last car to make a green-flag pit stop and took just two tires — giving him the lead — and he held off Carl Edwards to win the Royal Purple 300.

The win is Busch's third in five series races this season and the 46th of his career.

"That was a great way to win the race. We stole this one; it wasn't ours," said Busch. "The car came to life late in the runs."

Busch gave Edwards a glimmer of hope when he bounced off the wall on the final lap and slowed, but he still held a comfortable margin at the finish.

"I got loose. I kept trying to run as high as I could get because there was grip up there," he said. "I ended up getting in the (rubber from tires) up there. Good thing there wasn't one more lap because those guys were coming."

The race looked like it would be decided between Edwards and Kevin Harvick, both of whom took four tires on their final pit stops. Edwards came back on track ahead of Harvick only to discover Busch was the leader after taking only two tires.

"It wasn't a good strategy on our part. If we had gotten a caution I think we could have won that race," Edwards said. "Kyle did a good job.

"I wanted to be able to put on a better show, I wanted to be able to get to him, but he was too far out there on two tires."

Harvick was none-too-pleased with the result, either.

"Nothing worse than seeing that thing pulling into Victory Lane," he said of Busch's car.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fourth and leads the series standings by six over Jason Leffler.

Busch's win was the seventh consecutive at this track by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers — five by Busch and one each by Tony Stewart and Joey Logano. That's the most consecutive wins by a series owner at a current track.

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