Kurt Busch reclaimed the lead in the last 33 laps, passing his brother Kyle and subsequently Kyle Larson to clinch the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas on Sunday.
Kurt Busch led for the majority of the race until he was passed by Kyle on a restart having 23 of 267 laps left during a set of pit stops under caution.
Kurt dropped to 4th position before regaining the lead. On Lap 237, Kurt passed Larson for 2nd spot after Larson pulled ahead on the restart.
Kurt gradually gained position on Larson and went inside him in Turn 3 to take the lead with 8 circuits to remaining. He won his first race of the 2022 season by 1.413 seconds over Larson.
The victory is Busch’s first as a part of 23XI Motorsports, which is co-owned by NBA icon Michael Jordan and Cup driver Denny Hamlin.
Busch, 43, led 116 laps and seemed to be the best car in the race. However, a slew of tyre troubles and pit road gaffes — not to mention side-by-side clashes with Larson – kept the result in question until the very end.
“It’s all about teamwork. I don’t do this alone,” said Busch, who earned his 34th career win. “The way that Toyota’s helped us and (Joe Gibbs Racing) and my little brother has been so important just on the family side. Bubba has been a tremendous teammate.
“This is our first win for the No. 45 car and with the Jordan Brand on the hood I felt like I had to win like the GOAT, race like the GOAT and I had to beat the Kyles. I beat both of them – the ‘Kyle and Kyle show.’
“This No. 45 car is a winner now!”
“It’s the most fulfilling to build from the ground up with a fresh new car,” Busch remarked when asked about the work in getting a new team to Victory Lane so late in his profession. ” This is for all of us at 23XI. This is the point of all the hard effort.”
Kyle Busch finished third, Denny Hamlin fourth, and pole-winner Christopher Bell fifth.
Martin Truex Jr., Ross Chastain, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Alex Bowman, and Kurt Busch’s teammate Bubba Wallace, who recovered from a pit road disqualification, reached the top ten.
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