Kyle Busch Wins at New Hampshire

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch won Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to advance to the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Kyle Busch won Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to advance to the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
 
It was the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s third win of the season and 41st of his Cup career.
 
He got by a multi-car crash on the backstretch just before the end of the second stage to take the lead.
 
“That was pretty intense, there was just a wall of smoke in Turn 2,” Busch said. “All in all just a great day for this crew. We executed. We did what we needed to do.”
 
Busch led a race-high 187 laps 
 
Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.
 
Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano completed the first 10 finishers.
 
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up the first round of the playoffs next week at Dover International Speedway.
 
How Busch Won: The winning move came when he dodged potential disaster at the end of the second stage. Austin Dillon got into the back of Kevin Harvick as the field raced out of the second turn. Harvick went sideways across the track and was collected by Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch while other cars tried to avoid the melee through the cloud of thick smoke. One of those drivers was Busch, who weaved his way around the wreckage and came out unscathed. From there he turned his fast car into a trip to Victory Lane.
 
Who Had a Good Day: Larson scored his eighth runner up finish of 2017, including both at New Hampshire…Kenseth had his fifth straight top-five finish at New Hampshire…Truex Jr. was involved in the multi-car incident at the end of stage two but came back to finish fifth…Jones had his seventh top-10 finish in the last eight races of 2017.
 
Who Had a Bad Day: SHR teammates Harvick and Busch both recorded DNFs after they were involved in the backstretch incident (Read More)….Kasey Kahne suffered a broken track bar…Dillon, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Kahne are the bottom four of the standings heading into next week’s Dover cut-off race. (Playoff Standings)
 
What Else Happened: The application of the PJ1 traction substance to the track was supposed to create another groove and opportunities for side-by-side racing. It didn’t quite turn out that way as a preferred lane developed and drivers were mostly huddled up in that groove all day. The race continued the trend for the opening round of the playoffs that has seen drivers play things more on the safe side so as not to loose ground in the round and advance.
 
Quotable: "Please take it easy on the burnouts. I don't need any special meetings next week," Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens
 
Notable: Keselowski scored his first top five in the last seven races…Toyota drivers led all but one lap, which saw Larson ahead…Toyota has scored 10 wins this season.

 

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