After a full day of practice and qualifying, it was racing under the lights for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Great Clips 300.

Kasey Kahne in the No. 38 Great Clips Toyota won the pole just hours before the green flag dropped. Kyle Busch started second and hometown boy Reed Sorenson started third.

Kahne led the field to the green as the sun set over AMS, getting a great jump on Busch. Sorenson in the No. 32 tried to take the second spot from Busch but was unable to do so, and lost the third place spot to a charging Carl Edwards.

With Busch on the outside and Kahne on the bottom the two raced side by side for the lead, with Kahne maintaining the spot. Behind them, Sorenson began falling in the top five, getting passed by Edwards and Kevin Harvick, who won last year’s event at AMS.

The hard racing wasn’t just limited to the front runners, but all eyes were on first and second as the two Cup drivers continued to run side by side for the lead. Busch was able to lead lap 10 by a nose, but Kahne was able to clear the No. 18 the following lap.

Brian Scott lost a tire on lap blank and had to pit under green. A pit road violation put Scott down three laps. Meanwhile, Kahne held a half second lead over Busch before hitting traffic on lap 21. The leaders help a five second lead over Edwards, McMurray and Harvick.

Busch got by Kahne on lap 27, and new third place McMurray was six seconds behind. On lap 32 Edwards radioed his crew saying the alternator went out.

By lap 40 just 20 cars remained on the lead lap as Busch continued to dominate. The night’s first caution came out on lap 42 for debris, bringing the leaders down pit road.

Busch led the field to the restart on lap 47 and, just as Kahne did on the start was able to pull away from second place McMurray. Sorenson, Menard and Newman made it three wide with Newman being the big winner. Further back in the pack Clint Bowyer and Trevor Bayne raced side by side for 14th.

Sorenson radioed to his crew on lap 56 that he feared the crew left a tire loose on the last set of stops that saw the No. 32 jump three spots to seventh. Points leader Brad Keselowski was able to get by Sorenson for the spot two laps later.

The second caution of the race came out on lap 60 when Michael McDowell spun in turn two. Harvick, Bowyer, Bayne, Menard and several others came down pit road. Busch, Kahne, McMurray, Edwards, Sorenson and others stayed out.

The green came out again on lap 65, and McMurray was able to take the lead from Busch on the inside. Kahne, Edwards and Keselowski went three wide and Edwards fell into the clutches of Harvick, who got by him and Kahne on the outside with those fresh tires. He picked up nine spots on lap 68 from the restart just three laps before.

Harvick continued to blow by the competition, passing Keselowski and Busch and the No. 33 took the lead from McMurray on lap 71. With fresh rubber Harvick left the field in the dust and, at lap 81, held a five second lead over McMurray.

Going the opposite way was former leader Kahne, who was battling a very loose racecar and dropped to tenth on lap 86. The battle for second was heating up as Busch took the spot from McMurray in the midst of lapped traffic. By lap 90, Harvick had a ten second lead over the rest of the field.

Closing in on lap 100, Harvick led Busch by twelve seconds and just 16 cars sat on the lead lap. Green flag stops began and Kahne, who just dropped 12th to Steve Wallace, came down pit road. Leffler, Sorenson and Edwards all came down pit road on lap 106. Teammates Logano and Busch came into the pit’s the following lap, and Kenseth followed them in on lap 108 along with McMurray.

Allgaier and Wise came down pit road on lap 112 but Harvick stayed on track, lapping fourth place Wallace. Menard, who pit for fuel only on his last stop, Bowyer, and Stenhouse made their stops on lap 114. Because he stayed out, Harvick lapped the entire field.

Harvick finally pit on lap 121 for scuff tires, with two sets of sticker tires left. Busch inherited the lead and the No. 33 rejoined the race in fourth, eight seconds behind the leader. However, it didn’t take the former Busch Series champ long to start working his way back to the front; by lap 132 Harvick passed Edwards for third and ran five seconds behind the leader, making steady time on second place McMurray.

With 55 laps to go Wallace had smoke pouring out of the back of his No. 66 Toyota and made his way down pit road and then to the garage. He had been running 15th.

A loose Trevor Bayne got tagged by Newman and was sent spinning, bringing out the third caution of the night. The leaders took this chance to again come down pit road, and it was McMurray, Harvick and Edwards who beat Busch off of pit road.

McMurray got a great jump on the restart with 43 to go, but Harvick didn’t let him get too far. Once the No. 1 was able to clear Harvick he began to pull away, and Busch took the second spot from Harvick.

The leader reported to his crew that he felt he had a loose wheel. Back in the pack Bowyer and Menard split Logano to go three wide, and Sorenson began challenging Newman for ninth. Meanwhile, Kahne made contact with Keselowski and came down pit road. He would come back on track three laps down in 21st.

Hard, hard contact for Sorenson on lap 167 as he’s tagged by Ricky Stenhouse into the inside wall. Sorenson had been running 10th at the time and was able to walk away from the incident. The Peachtree City, Georgia native finished 33rd.

Busch came off pit road first, followed by McMurray, Edwards, Harvick and Logano. However, Keselowski stayed on track and took the lead, with the No. 7 of Wise restarting second.

McMurray split Wise and Keselowski on the restart and took the lead, with Busch, Harvick and Edwards behind, with Edwards taking third. Keselowski slipped back to tenth as the top seven lined up single file. Busch was just under a second behind the leader with 11 laps remaining.

As the laps were winding down Busch was able to inch his way toward McMurray, and was four tenths behind with two laps to go. The lapped car of John Wes Townley gave neither leader any problems and McMurray took the white flag. He was able to hold off Busch and took the checkered, winning his eighth career Nationwide Series event.

Busch came home second, Edwards third, Harvick fourth and Matt Kenseth came home fifth. The highest finishing Nationwide regular was Jason Leffler in seventh. Points leader Keselowski came home 12th.

The next Nationwide Series event will be the Richmond 250 at the Richmond International Raceway. Coverage begins at seven o’clock Eastern time on ESPN2.