On Sunday at Las Vegas, Kyle Busch had one of the race’s best cars. And boy, did he put it to good use, especially on a lap 166 restart.
Restarting third behind Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne, Busch was on the inside line behind Kahne as the green flag waved. He timed the restart well and had a run on Kahne as the field hurtled towards turn one. But there was nowhere to go, except the apron.
And that’s where Busch went. (Remember, there’s no yellow line other than at Daytona and Talladega.) He pulled alongside Kahne and Johnson on the apron and forced his way back up onto the banking as the three entered turn one. That put Kahne in the middle and as he let off the gas, Busch darted to the lead on the inside line in a move much like Tony Stewart’s last year when he won at Las Vegas.
While Busch finished fourth on Sunday, it was a remarkable recovery for he and his No. 18 team to be going for the lead at that point. Earlier in the race, Busch was penalized for speeding entering pit road and had to serve a pass-through penalty under green. Busch never lost a lap thanks to some fortunate caution flag timing and once he got back to the front he stayed there.