Mike Bliss used a gutsy three-wide pass to take the lead, then held off a charging Matt Kenseth over the final few laps to get his first Busch Series victory Friday night. Bliss sat back and watched a side-by-side battle between Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson when The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 restarted with 19 laps to go at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As Kenseth and Johnson fought for the lead, Bliss pulled up next to them and coasted by in a three-wide pass coming out of Turn 4. He drove away to a sizable lead as Kenseth and Johnson continued to waste time racing each other. Bliss would have coasted to victory, but Dave Blaney wrecked 14 laps from the finish to bring out a record-tying 12th caution. The race restarted with 11 laps to go with Bliss leading, Kenseth second and Johnson in third. The three fanned out in a single-file line and Bliss held off Kenseth over the final two laps for his first Busch Series victory in 70 tries. "I didn't care about second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth," he said. "I wanted to win. I just drove my heart out." The victory was special for Bliss, who currently drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Busch Series, but has been told he won't be back next season. "I don't want to go anywhere. I love these guys," he said, motioning to his team.

 

Fin St Car Driver Make Sponsor Pts/Bonus Laps Status
1 7 #20 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Rockwell Automation 185/5 200 Running
2 13 #17 Matt Kenseth Ford Alka-Seltzer Plus 175/5 200 Running
3 20 #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet SpongeBob SquarePants 170/5 200 Running
4 3 #60 Greg Biffle Ford CNN America Votes 2004/Charter 160/0 200 Running
5 18 #5 Kyle Busch* Chevrolet SpongeBob SquarePants 160/5 200 Running
6 9 #8 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops/Tracker 155/5 200 Running
7 1 #41 Casey Mears Dodge Discount Tire 156/10 200 Running
8 4 #66 Jamie McMurray Dodge Duraflame 142/0 200 Running
9 14 #23 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Stacker 2 138/0 200 Running
10 12 #33 Clint Bowyer* Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc. 134/0 200 Running
11 8 #21 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Reese's/RCR 35th Anniv. 130/0 200 Running
12 21 #25 Mike McLaughlin Ford U.S. Marines 127/0 200 Running
13 33 #37 David Green Chevrolet Timber Wolf 124/0 200 Running
14 16 #18 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Banquet Foods 121/0 200 Running
15 27 #2 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet ACDelco/RCR 35th Anniv. 118/0 200 Running
16 22 #47 Robert Pressley Ford Clorox/Wisk 120/5 200 Running
17 36 #31 Randy LaJoie Ford Whelen Engineering 112/0 200 Running
18 32 #44 Justin Labonte Dodge U.S. Coast Guard 109/0 200 Running
19 40 #4 Mike Wallace Ford GEICO/Sportclips 111/5 200 Running
20 39 #14 Casey Atwood Chevrolet Navy "Accelerate Your Life" 103/0 200 Running
21 31 #1 Sterling Marlin Dodge Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts 100/0 200 Running
22 25 #74 Jimmy Spencer Chevrolet Outdoor Channel 97/0 200 Running
23 34 #99 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet Aaron's 94/0 199 Running
24 24 #126 Mark Green Chevrolet lovefifi.com 91/0 198 Running
25 15 #82 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Goulds Pumps 88/0 198 Running
26 35 #59 Stacy Compton Ford Kingsford/Bush's Beans 85/0 196 Running
27 5 #00 Blake Feese Chevrolet Haas Automation 82/0 194 Out of Race
28 42 #72 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet MacDonald Motorsports 79/0 184 Out of Race
29 2 #55 Robby Gordon Chevrolet Fruit of the Loom 81/5 179 Out of Race
30 19 #22 Jason Keller Ford Nestle Toll House 73/0 179 Running
31 23 #12 Tim Fedewa Chevrolet Hot Tamales 70/0 168 Out of Race
32 30 #91 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet Bojangles/carsponsor.com 67/0 156 Out of Race
33 17 #43 Aaron Fike Dodge Ollie's Bargain Outlet 64/0 154 Out of Race
34 29 #332 David Stremme Dodge TrimSpa 61/0 143 Out of Race
35 10 #46 Ashton Lewis Chevrolet Parker Power Products 58/0 132 Out of Race
36 11 #38 Kasey Kahne Dodge Great Clips 55/0 114 Out of Race
37 43 #24 Steve Grissom Chevrolet Global Industrial Contractors 52/0 111 Out of Race
38 38 #49 Derrike Cope Ford Advil Liqui-Gels 49/0 108 Out of Race
39 41 #02 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet Zapf Creation 51/5 102 Out of Race
40 28 #35 Wally Dallenbach Ford Mr. Clean AutoDry Carwash 43/0 98 Out of Race
41 37 #27 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Kleenex Anti-Viral 40/0 91 Out of Race
42 26 #87 Boston Reid Chevrolet ditech.com 37/0 75 Out of Race
43 6 #88 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Cellular One 39/5 37 Out of Race