Kyle Busch loses lead late, bows in overtime

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Ron Hornaday Jr. passed Kyle Busch with three laps to go and held him off in overtime to win the Kroger 200 NASCAR truck race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.

The victory was the first for the four-time truck series champion in 17 career starts on the 0.526-mile oval and left him with tears in his eyes when he climbed from his truck.

“This is unbelievable. I won at Martinsville fair and square,” Hornaday said.

The victory is his series-high 47th in the series but just second this season.

Busch held on for second, and a grieving Todd Bodine was third. Bodine, the points leader, was racing hours after the death of his mother and led much of the race’s second half.

Busch passed him with 25 laps to go in regulation, and Hornaday followed.

“It was a tough day for me,” Bodine said, speaking slowly and choking back tears. “I was good until coming down pit road, you know, and I know they were up there watching.”

Busch held off Hornaday through one restart, but on another with five laps to go in regulation, Hornaday went around Busch on the outside of the 197th circuit before another caution came out. That sent the race to the two-lap dash to the finish.

Hornaday pulled away immediately and cruised to victory.

The race included a lot of banging and sheet metal damage, with 11 cautions that slowed it for 59 laps and a red flag that stopped it for eight minutes for a cleanup.

■ NATIONWIDE — At Madison, Ill., Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide 5-Hour Energy 250, rolling past Reed Sorenson with two laps left at Gateway International Raceway.

Keselowski, who has a large lead in the series standings, earned his sixth Nationwide victory of the season and the 12th of his career.

Mike Bliss finished second, followed by pole-sitter Justin Allgaier.

Danica Patrick finished 22nd. She spun into the wall after taking a slight bump from Steve Wallace on lap 190 of the 200-lap event, causing the yellow that allowed Keselowski and Bliss to go to the pits.

■ FORMULA ONE — At Yeongam, South Korea, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the pole for the Korean Grand Prix.

Vettel had a time of 1 minute, 35.585 seconds, edging teammate and Formula One championship leader Mark Webber by seven-hundredths of a second.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, locked with Vettel 14 points behind Webber in the standings, qualified third, and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was fourth.

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