- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 23, 2009

BRISTOL, Tenn. | Kyle Busch may have saved his season by holding off Mark Martin on a four-lap sprint to the finish to win Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch is fighting for a spot in the Chase for the championship, and his fourth win of the season dramatically improved his chances intact. With just two races until the field is set, he jumped two spots to 13th.

“No pressure on us yet!” his team radioed after he crossed the finish line. “This 18 is not going down without a fight!”

Busch had to hold off Martin over several restarts, including the final one after a 15-minute rain delay.

Martin, the polesitter, finished second to move two spots off the Chase bubble to 10th. Marcos Ambrose was third, while Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

This is the final August night race with Sharpie as the title sponsor. Irwin Tools will replace Sharpie as the title sponsor of Bristol’s second race beginning next season. The new name will be the Irwin Tools Night Race.

Before the race, track officials switched things up for the pre-race introductions by letting the drivers choose their own entrance music.

Some choices were obvious. Australian driver Marcos Ambrose picked Men at Work’s “Land Down Under” and aging veteran Michael Waltrip used Toby Keith’s “I Ain’t as Good as I Once Was.”

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