Kyle Busch takes victory to complete Kansas weekend sweep

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Kyle Busch takes victory to complete Kansas weekend sweep


Kyle Busch takes victory to complete Kansas weekend sweep


Kyle Busch completed the sweep at Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon by driving away from the field in a two-lap dash to the finish.

Busch was the race leader on the last restart of the Buschy McBusch Race 400 and cleared the field by the exit of Turn 2. It was frantic in Busch’s rearview mirror.

Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney nearly found trouble in the outside lane as Larson tried to shove Blaney forward. As they faded, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott surged forward, but it didn’t last long. Keselowski slid wide in Turn 1 and 2, impeding the path of Truex and Elliott and opening the door for Harvick to grab second place.

Busch led Harvick across the finish for his first Cup Series win of the season. Keselowski was scored third, Matt DiBenedetto fourth, and Elliott fifth.

“Just a great day to be able to put this M&M’s Mix Camry up front,” said Busch. “It’s cool to get everybody back to victory lane again this early in the season. To be able to get some of those points going our way now and hopefully – heck, I just remembered, the Buschy McBusch race. The Busch won it, what do you know. Right on.”

Busch is the 10th different winner in 11 races. The victory, the 58th of Busch’s career, is the first in the series for crew chief Ben Beshore. It is the second victory for Busch at Kansas.

Truex finished sixth, Tyler Reddick finished seventh, Chris Buescher finished eighth, William Byron finished ninth, and Austin Dillon completed the top 10.

Larson fell to 19th in the finishing order after his run-in with Blaney. Blaney finished 21st.

Busch won the first stage. Larson won the second stage and led a race-high 132 laps.

Busch took the lead for the final time off a shove by Blaney on a lap 257 restart. Christopher Bell spinning in Turn 3 on the same lap, collecting both JTG Daugherty Racing cars, brought the caution out that set up the run to the finish.

Busch joins NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough as the second driver to win multiple races on his birthday. Sunday was Busch’s 36th birthday.

“What’s really cool is that we started the race good and we worked our way forward from the start of the race,” Busch said. “We made minor adjustments all day to the car and nothing really did anything. We kept getting tighter as the day went on, even though we were trying to free up. We did a long sim session this week, that was helpful.

“I feel like we’re really close for Kansas at least and what we can do and what we can learn on that. I look forward to hopefully being able to celebrate with my team and hopefully have a good night tonight. It’s cool to be able to work the way we did today.”