Article first published as Kyle Busch Night at Kentucky Speedway on Technorati.
It may have been the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway but Las Vegas native Kyle Busch drove like he grew up there. He started on the pole and hovered around the top all night long. He led 125 of the 267 laps and became the first driver of the season to win from the pole.
Unfortunately the most exciting part of this race was Kyle’s post race burnout. Other than the restart on lap 265 making it a two lap sprint to the finish, this race was about as titillating as a root canal. I’ve had more fun doing my taxes.
But that last minute or two was almost a nail-biter. Not so much as who was going to win. That was a given. The real drama played out behind Busch once he pulled away from second place Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch in third. David Reutiman poured on the steam and passed both Johnson and Kurt Busch to take second.
Kyle’s win was the second of the three Kentucky Speedway events over the weekend. He won the Camping World Truck Series race Thursday night. The strong finish in Saturday night’s race let the Joe Gibbs‘ driver leap-frog over Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards onto the top of the series leaderboard.
When asked about what it meant to get that first Kentucky win, Busch replied, “That I won on the way to Slinger. I’ve got to go to Slinger [Wisconson]. I’m going to stay here tonight, chill out and get a good night’s sleep, get out of here in the morning and head up there and, hopefully, win a Late Model race.”
Third place finisher Jimmie Johnson said his inability to stay beside Busch on the restart cost him a chance for victory.
“I was able to hang with the 18 [Busch] inside of Turns 1 and 2, and he just cleared me going down the back,” Johnson said. “The outside lane had a little bit more momentum coming off of [Turn] 2 down the back. If I could have stayed inside of him, it would have been one heck of a finish.
“But it didn’t happen that way, and then he cleared me and went on, and then I had my hands full with the 00 [Reutimann]. David was probably the best car at the end, and if he had cleared me sooner, I think he would have been up there with the 18 racing for the win.”
Leaving Kentucky the Sprint Cup Chase shakes up a bit with Kyle Busch leading second place Carl Edwards by four points, Kevin Harvick in third, Kurt Busch in fourth and nineteen points behind the leader is fifth place Jimmie Johnson.
Post race interview with Driver Kyle Busch, crew chief Dave Rogers and car owner Joe Gibbs.