Toyota Make NASCAR History

Kyle Busch has first win in foreign car in more than 50 years
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2008 11:30 PM CDT
Tony Stewart, left, leads Mark Martin through turn one during the Kobalt Tools 500 auto race today at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/Glenn Smith)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kyle Busch and a Japanese car manufacturer were both big winners in the Kobalt Tools 500 today. The 22-year-old became the youngest NASCAR driver to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first victory in nearly a year. The win also marked the first time Toyota won a Sprint Cup series event, the first NASCAR win for a foreign manufacturer in over 50 years, reports the AP.

"It means a lot of go out and win… but especially here in Atlanta," Busch said. " I haven't had a top 10 finish here." The first place finish was somewhat overshadowed by a Goodyear controversy that began last week in Vegas, with drivers complaining that tires supplied by the company have been too hard. "Most pathetic racing tire in my career," teammate Tony Stewart said after finishing second.