Monster Win for Kyle Busch

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"That was hard-fought, that was everything I had." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Kyle Busch passed Chase Elliott coming to the final lap and went on to win Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway.
 
Busch scored his third career Cup win at Dover and his second straight in the playoffs after winning New Hampshire last Sunday.
 
“That was hard-fought, that was everything I had,” Busch said. “I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, I rim-rided and carried it by the 24. I saw that carrot and I went for it.”
 
Elliott was left to finish a disappointing second.
 
“It was all just lap traffic dependent,” Elliott explained. “ I thought if I had a clean track, I could have run as fast as he did, but I didn't, and I should have done something different.  So that's just on me, and he did a better job than I did.  At the end of the day that's what it comes down to.” (Read More)
 
Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.
 
Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Daniel Suarez, Jamie McMurray and Brad Keselowski completed the first 10 finishers.
 
Keselowski and Larson won the first two stages.
 
The first round of the playoffs came to an end and twelve drivers move on to the second round; Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Larson, Elliott, Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who claimed the final spot.
 
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for next Sunday’s Bank of America 500.
 
How Busch Won: Elliott looked as if he would comfortably drive to his first career Cup win. But Busch, who clearly had a faster race car in the closing laps, reeled him in and cut his advantage down to just a precious few car lengths with only a handful of laps remaining. As the white flag flew, Busch finally wheeled around Elliott at the start-finish line and drove on to Victory Lane.
 
Who Had a Good Day: The 12 drivers making it to the next round had reason to celebrate, even if they all didn’t have great days. Johnson wasn’t able to score his 12th career Dover win, but his solid third-place run was much improved over the first two playoff races.
 
Who Had a Bad Day: A quartet of drivers left Dover with their championship hopes dashed. Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne all finished outside the cut-off and were eliminated from title contention (Read More)…Harvick was forced to pit road for a loose wheel eliminating him from any contention for the win…Hamlin had a mechanical failure and ended up 35th…Jeffrey Earnhardt brought out the red flag when he hit the barrels at the head of pit road when he spun trying to come in for service. It lasted just over 15 minutes.
 
What Else Happened:
The race was the polar opposite of the spring visit to Dover, which was plagued by caution flags and incidents. Long green flag runs were the order of the day. Cars that were best on those long runs, like Busch’s in the final stage, experienced the most success while others fought for speed on the extended green flag periods.
 
Quotable: "Feel lucky caught the caution at the right time and it paid off because we got some stage points," Stenhouse Jr. who was able to get back on the lead lap early and had stage points help him to advance in the playoffs. (Read More)
 
Notable: Busch scored his 42nd career Cup win (All-Time Winners)…Elliott led a race-high 138 laps while Larson led 137...The No. 14 and 77 cars were each found to have one unsecure lug nut in post-race check. (Read More)

 

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