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Kyle Busch gets birthday present with Kansas Cup win

By Holly Cain-NASCAR Wire Service
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Perhaps it was birthday fate. When the name of the race is the Buschy McBusch Race 400, your name is Kyle Busch and it’s your 36th birthday – you have to figure there’s some serious racing juju in your favor. And Busch took advantage of it.

Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota took the lead on a restart with two laps remaining and held off the field by .336-seconds Sunday at Kansas Speedway to give him his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season – 58th of his career – and his new crew chief Ben Beshore the first win of his career.

It completed a weekend trophy sweep for Busch, who won Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race too.

“Just a great day to be able to put this M&Ms Camry up front,” Busch said smiling, adding “Great to be able to get everyone back in Victory Lane again this early in the season and get those points going our way.

“And,” he said breaking into a grin, “I just remembered it’s the Buschy McBusch race and a Busch won. What do you know?”

It was a dramatic ending to what had been largely a Kyle Larson show up front all day. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led a race best 132 of the 267 laps. But he got shuffled back to the second row on the last restart and had contact with Ryan Blaney’s front-row running Ford after taking the final green flag. The two cars slid up and bounced into the wall and out of the groove, allowing Busch to take off with the help of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. pushing from behind.

Ultimately the Fords driven by Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski – on fresher tires – chased down Truex on the last lap to claim second and third place behind Busch. Keselowski, last week’s Talladega winner, led a season-best 72 of the opening 80 laps.

Matt DiBenedetto was fourth and reigning series champion Chase Elliott finished fifth.

Truex, Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, William Byon and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 10.

Larson, looking to claim his second victory of the season was understandably disappointed after the race. He finished 19th after leading the most laps on the afternoon.

“I had the 2 (Keselowski) behind me and he didn’t get to my bumper and I think he had to protect behind him and it just allowed the bottom (row) to get a good jump on us and the bottom two lanes cleared me,” Larson explained.

“I was back to third and planned on pushing (Ryan) Blaney as good as I could and obviously, I pushed too hard and got him loose and chased both of us back into the wall. I was just trying to help him stay side by side with the 18 (Busch) on the back to allow myself to have some sort of opportunity, but I just pushed too hard.

“That’s really the first time I was behind somebody on a restart. I learned for next time.”

The first 167 laps of the 267-lap race were run with no major incidents – the caution flags came out only for a scheduled competition caution and the two stage breaks. Busch won Stage 1 and Larson won Stage 2.

But there were three cautions in the last 20 laps – making pit decisions and lane choice crucial in that last run to the checkered flag.

Ultimately Busch was able to keep his car up front and make the move when he needed to – his victory obviously a huge boost in confidence for the team, which had only two previous top-five finishes in the opening 10 races of the season.

“It’s hard sometimes when you go through the lulls, you go through the disappointment, you go through dejection and the lack of understanding if you can still do it,” Busch said. “There’s a sense of doubt there for sure. But you just have to keep persevering, keep digging and putting your focus forward.”

The NASCAR Cup Series races next Sunday at the historic Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR Cup Series
Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, KS
Buschy McBusch Race 400 – May 2, 2021

1. (9) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267.
2. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 267.
3. (1) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267.
4. (5) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 267.
5. (17) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 267.
6. (15) Martin Truex, Jr., Toyota, 267.
7. (11) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 267.
8. (16) Chris Buescher, Ford, 267.
9. (2) William Byron, Chevrolet, 267.
10. (6) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267.
11. (21) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 267.
12. (20) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267.
13. (3) Michael McDowell, Ford, 267.
14. (24) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 267.
15. (28) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 267.
16. (14) Ryan Newman, Ford, 267.
17. (29) Joey Logano, Ford, 267.
18. (25) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 267.
19. (32) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 267.
20. (19) Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 267.
21. (7) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 267.
22. (38) Austin Cindric(i), Ford, 267.
23. (22) Anthony Alfredo #, Ford, 266.
24. (10) Cole Custer, Ford, 266.
25. (27) Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 266.
26. (13) Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 266.
27. (26) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 265.
28. (8) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 265.
29. (18) Aric Almirola, Ford, 264.
30. (31) Justin Haley(i), Chevrolet, 263.
31. (30) B.J. McLeod(i), Ford, 260.
32. (12) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, Accident, 259.
33. (36) Garrett Smithley(i), Chevrolet, 259.
34. (23) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 258.
35. (35) Joey Gase(i), Chevrolet, 258.
36. (33) Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 257.
37. (34) Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 256.
38. (39) Matt Mills(i), Ford, 255.
39. (37) Josh Bilicki, Ford, 250.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 129.647 mph.

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 5 Mins, 21 Secs. Margin of Victory: .336 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes: 18 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Keselowski 1-63;K. Larson 64;B. Keselowski 65-73;K. Larson 74-76;K. Busch 77-83;K. Larson 84-121;R. Stenhouse Jr. 122-144;K. Larson 145-162;K. Busch 163;K. Larson 164-167;K. Busch 168;K. Larson 169-212;C. Buescher 213-225;K. Larson 226-230;D. Hamlin 231;K. Larson 232-236;D. Hamlin 237-242;K. Larson 243-256;K. Busch 257-267.

Leaders Summary: (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led) Kyle Larson 9 times for 132 laps; Brad Keselowski 2 times for 72 laps; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 time for 23 laps; Kyle Busch 4 times for 20 laps; Chris Buescher 1 time for 13 laps; Denny Hamlin 2 times for 7 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 18,5,8,2,24,9,4,12,11,20

Stage #2 Top Ten: 5,18,11,2,9,12,19,8,20,4

Playoff Standings: 1. Martin Truex, Jr. – 394 (2 Wins); 2. William Byron – 385 (1 Win); 3. Joey Logano – 373 (1 Win); 4. Ryan Blaney – 370 (1 Win); 5. Brad Keselowski – 366 (1 Win); 6. Kyle Larson – 337 (1 Win); 7. Kyle Busch – 330 (1 Win); 8. Christopher Bell – 292 (1 Win); 9. Michael McDowell – 268 (1 Win); 10. Alex Bowman – 260 (1 Win); 11. Denny Hamlin – 481 (Points Leader); 12. Chase Elliott – 349; 13. Kevin Harvick – 348; 14. Austin Dillon – 295; 15. Chris Buescher – 258; 16. Matt DiBenedetto – 250.

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