NASCAR

Kurt Busch held on in a side-by-side, last-lap duel with local favorite Denny Hamlin to win the Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway Friday night in Richmond, Va.

Driving a car owned by brother Kyle, Busch passed Kevin Harvick on the 222nd lap after the green-flag stops. Busch seemed likely to cruise to the victory until Hamlin pulled up on his rear bumper with a few laps to go, and ducked inside him as they crossed the white line for the final lap. Busch, somehow, held off Hamlin on the outside to win by a nose.

“This is the most emotional I’ve ever been for a win,” Kyle Busch said.

Watching, he said, was harder than driving, especially as Hamlin, his teammate with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, closed in and then pulled inside on the last lap,

Danica Patrick, who started 16th, was in the mid-20s all night and finished 21st.

NHRA

Robert Hight qualified sixth Saturday in the NHRA Spring Nationals in his bid for a fifth straight Funny Car victory in Baytown, Texas.

Hight had a run of 4.140 seconds at 309.56 mph in his John Force Racing Ford Mustang, while Cruz Pedregon, topped the field with his Friday pass at 4.103 and 306.19 in a Toyota.

Hight will face Tony Pedregon in the first-round of the final eliminations.