WATCH: Kyle Busch Goes From 4th to 1st on Chaotic Final Restart to Win NASCAR Truck Series Race at Kansas

Published 05/02/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 05: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Kyle Busch continued his winning run in the NASCAR Truck Series with a victory on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. It was one of the most thrilling finishes of the season, as Busch went from 4th to 1st place on the final restart to win his 61st career Truck race.

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The last few laps of the race were quite chaotic and after a caution brought about a second overtime, Busch, who lost his lead to fellow Cup Series full-timer Ross Chastain, started in 4th place. Then, on a chaotic restart, Busch started on the outside of the second row and rushed ahead in no time.

Busch used all his experience and skill to pass leaders Chastain and Austin Hill, in a three-wide move, just before the final lap. On a day where he led 59 of the 140 laps in the race, Busch led the entire final lap and won his second race of the Truck season.

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Kyle Busch reviews final restart; sets up a challenge for son Brexton

Driving the no. 51 truck for his own team, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Busch explained how that final restart went down.

“The last one, I was fourth in line – got a little bit of a bump from Todd (Gilliland) and got three-wide. I don’t know what else happened after that, but it was just trying to go where they weren’t by that point and get ourselves back up front,” Busch explained.

Busch brought out his trademark ‘Busch bow’ celebration and thanked the fans in attendance. After marking the racing weekend with a win, he asked his 5-year-old son Brexton to repeat the feat.

“Brexton races tomorrow, so he better bring home a win like I brought home a win. So hopefully he can do it, hopefully, we can do it (in the Cup race),” Busch said.

Chastain and Hill finished behind Busch in second and third place. Meanwhile, Christian Eckes and Kyle Busch Motorsports’ John Hunter Nemechek completed the top-5 positions.

Can Busch earn a win in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas?

Busch will now turn his focus towards getting the job done in the Cup Series, where he needs to win sooner than later.

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Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s win, despite the level of competition being different, will give the no. 18 Cup car driver some much-needed confidence for the Buschy McBusch Race 400 on Sunday.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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