WATCH: Kurt Busch Celebrates his Maiden Las Vegas Win with his Brother

Published 09/24/2021, 5:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 04: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch hugs brother Kurt Busch during the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show at Wynn Las Vegas on December 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Last year, Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kurt Busch romped to his first-ever win in Las Vegas. However, that win did not come easily, as he had to fend off the likes of Matt DiBenedetto and many others. For the last few laps, he had to contend with a whole gaggle of cars chasing after him. Meanwhile, there was plenty of chopping and changing for 3rd place and below.

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At one point, Busch and DiBenedetto were able to pull away from Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney. Bowman got slightly held up behind the  #21 car of DiBenedetto, and Hamlin got caught up in that mess. Since the Hendrick driver was forced to check up, Hamlin took capital advantage and slipped past.

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The #11 Joe Gibbs Racing driver managed to get a good run and snuck down the inside of DiBenedetto. From there, the two went side-by-side for nearly an entire lap. However, the Wood Brothers Racing driver managed to retain 2nd place on the track. While all this was going on, Kurt Busch was rabbiting away at the front and crossed the line unchallenged.

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Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch were ecstatic

After the chequered flag, a delighted Kyle Busch pulled up alongside his brother to celebrate. The two of them rubbed fenders on the slowing down lap as Kurt Busch whooped out of joy. For a long time, a home win always eluded the 2004 Cup Series champion. So he would have been so relieved to finally check that off the list.

TALLADEGA, AL – APRIL 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota, talks with his brother, Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Now, both Kurt and Kyle Busch will be returning to the track once again this season. This time around, they will be contending for home race bragging rights. However, the difference in their scenarios is that Kyle is still in the championship hunt, while Kurt got eliminated earlier after Bristol.

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