Kyle Busch outlasts Johnson in Michigan

August 21, 2011 - 3:25 PM
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Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., waves the green flag for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Jared C. Tilton, Pool)

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the year, outlasting Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

Busch, the series points leader coming into the race, passed Johnson with about a dozen laps remaining and was opening up a comfortable margin when his brother Kurt scraped a wall, forcing a caution from laps 198-201. The yellow flag erased much of Busch's lead, but he was able to fight off a quick move from Johnson after the restart and pull away.

Brad Keselowski finished third, his third consecutive top-three finish and fifth top-10 in his last six races. Mark Martin was fourth.

It was the 23rd Sprint Cup win of Busch's career.