Busch wins at Talladega

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 28, 2008

The Associated Press

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Maybe Joe Gibbs can afford to let Tony Stewart go.

The ol’ coach already seems to have NASCAR’s next star on his roster.

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Kyle Busch did it again Sunday, this time conquering a track that had always given him fits. As he pulled into Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway, there appeared to be nothing this 22-year-old phenom can’t do — even it means filling the shoes of his teammate Stewart, a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.

Busch has already won twice in nine races on the Cup circuit, trailing leader Jeff Burton by just 22 points. He’s third on the second-tier Nationwide Series, right on the tail of Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards, and was leading the Craftsman Truck Series until he missed a conflicting race in Kansas City, dropping him to sixth in the points.

In all, Busch has won seven races.