The Hot Pass: No place like home for Busch
Kyle Busch offered his family and hometown fans a celebration not soon to be forgotten at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Sunday's Shelby 427.
Though Busch was just 11 when the speedway was completed in 1996, the trophy from his native track is one he'll always treasure.
Shelby 427 Highlights
Kyle Busch had a big day on Sunday, driving from the back of the field to win in his hometown. Check out highlights of the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway here.
"Guys, I don't believe it," Busch said over the radio. "This is awesome."
"Sometimes you don't have the best car, but you have to dig and claw at it," replied crew chief Steve Addington.
Busch earned the distinction of being the first Cup driver to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the pole position — even though he didn't start there. Following an engine change on the No. 18 Toyota, Busch was relegated to the 39th starting position. He moved up to 30th position on Lap 21 and gained four additional spots 14 laps later. When green-flag pit stops began, Busch moved to the point for the first time on Lap 54 for two laps.
And despite fighting a loose car that felt "like (he was) wrecking in every corner," Busch was able to take the lead on Lap 228. When NASCAR threw a debris caution on Lap 259 — the record-breaking 12th caution of the day — Addington called for right-side tires and a wedge adjustment before Busch left the pits.
Busch lined up fourth for the restart on Lap 264 behind leader Clint Bowyer, who opted not to pit. Four laps later, Busch blew by Bowyer on the inside to take over the point position.