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Mark Martin finishes 17th at Budweiser Shootout

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kurt Busch has won the exhibition

Budweiser Shootout in part because Denny Hamlin was penalized for

driving below the yellow line at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin crossed the finish line first, but NASCAR ruled his pass

was illegal. He was black-flagged and dropped to 12th - the last

car on the lead lap of Saturday night's race.

It was the first NASCAR race on the new pavement at Daytona, and

the smooth surface produced speeds that at times went over 200 mph.

It also created a new form of racing as two cars linked up to push

each other around the oval.

That method didn't work for Batesville native Mark Martin.

He got into Kyle Busch with 40 laps to go, causing a collision. Martin finished 17th.

Ryan Newman, Hamlin, Busch and Jamie McMurray had pulled away

from the pack by the final lap, and Hamlin dove low to pass Newman

for the win. Busch pulled McMurray around Newman on the top of the


But Hamlin was immediately disqualified for going below the

out-of-bounds line.

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