Busch Caps Off Emotional Week with Kansas Victory

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Kyle Busch won the Busch Light Buschy McBusch Race 400 from Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Busch ran up front for most of the day, and he and Kyle Larson were the class of the field as the laps wound down.

Busch was the leader when a late caution came out, and he held off the field on the final restart to pick up his first victory of 2021.

Busch didn’t win until late in 2020, and he said he’s glad his team could get to victory lane early this season.

“It’s cool to get everybody in victory lane again this early in the season,” Busch said.  “It’s hard sometimes…there’s a sense of doubt there for sure.  You’ve got to keep persevering and keep digging.”

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The victory came on Busch’s 36th birthday, and came at the end of an emotional week.  On Friday, Busch and his wife Samantha announced that they had suffered another miscarriage, another setback in their infertility journey.

Busch said it was a tough week for his family.

“You talk about the ups and downs of racing…it’s been a lot of downs of life for us,” Busch said.  “I’ve got a great opportunity and a great job…but struggling with infertility and stuff like that with Samantha.  Just a great day to put this M&M’s Mix Camry up front.”

Larson led a race-high 132 laps, but he lost the lead following a few late cautions.

With the field taking the green flag with two laps remaining, Larson committed to pushing Ryan Blaney to give both drivers a chance at the win.  Larson and Blaney got loose and into the wall, and Larson ended up 19th.

Larson said he was trying to do all he could to give himself a shot at the win.

“Just planned on pushing Blaney as hard as I could, obviously I was just pushing too hard.” Larson said.  “Got him loose and chased ourselves both up into the wall.”

“That’s really the first time I was behind anybody on a restart, so I thought I could push around the corner.  I learned for next time.”

Unofficial results:

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