Kyle Busch takes dominant win at Loudon

Monday 25th September, 2017 - 9:06am

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Kyle Busch takes the win at Loudon

Kyle Busch has guaranteed himself a place in the second round of NASCAR’s Playoffs with a resounding victory at New Hampshire Speedway.

Busch converted his pole position with 187 laps led on his way to his third win of the year; to join Martin Truex Jr. as guaranteed drivers into the next phase of the playoffs.

Kyle Larson finished second, while Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.

Busch’s win may have looked easy in the results column, but the early stages were the domain of Truex Jr. who took the Stage 1 win; the 19th stage victory of the season.

Then a wreck on the final lap of the second Stage ended the day for Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch, but Kyle Busch had to all but stop to avoid the crash.

Truex spun trying to avoid the wreck, but the stage eventually went the way of Kyle Busch.

From that point Busch was able to control things from the lead. Even when cautions flew, his pit crew and great re-starts allowed him to pull away each time.

After the race Busch spoke about missing the crash and scoring the all-important win.

“That was pretty intense,” said Busch.

“It was just a wall of smoke over there off of Turn 2. I listened to the spotter and was basically told to stop and I’m like, ‘Sounds like a good idea.’

“I checked up as much as I could and I was trying not to get run into from behind. All in all, it was a great day. This thing was awesome. We ran up front all day long, we executed, we did a good job, we did what we were supposed to do.”

As much as it was about the leaders, the attention was also focused on those fighting to stay in the championship hunt. The two big hits were Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne, who had the rear suspension on his car break late in the race.

Next week the series heads to the Monster Mile at Dover where the bottom four in the Playoff hunt will be eliminated after that race leaving 12 into the next series of races.

VIDEO: Race recap

VIDEO: Kyle Busch speaks after the race win

RESULTS: ISM Connect 300 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps Led
1 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 300 187
2 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 300 1
3 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 300
4 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 300
5 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 300 112
6 77  Erik Jones Toyota 300
7 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 300
8 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 300
9 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 300
10 22  Joey Logano Ford 300
11 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 300
12 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 300
13 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 300
14 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 300
15 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 300
16 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 300
17 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 300
18 10  Danica Patrick Ford 300
19 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 300
20 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 300
21 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 299
22 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 298
23 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 298
24 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 298
25 34  Landon Cassill Ford 298
26 43  Aric Almirola Ford 297
27 23  Corey Lajoie Toyota 297
28 15  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 297
29 38  David Ragan Ford 296
30 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 296
31 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 295
32 83  Brett Moffitt Toyota 294
33 55  Gray Gaulding Toyota 293
34 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 289
35 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 289
36 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 148
37 41  Kurt Busch Ford 148
38 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 143
39 51  Cody Ware Chevrolet 74

 

 

STANDINGS

Pos
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Martin Truex Jr.
2,149
Leader
5
28
12
19
1
2
Kyle Larson
2,125
-24
4
28
13
17
3
3
Kyle Busch
2,119
-30
3
28
11
17
8
4
Brad Keselowski
2,106
-43
2
28
12
16
2
5
Denny Hamlin
2,088
-61
2
28
12
16
0
6
Matt Kenseth
2,087
-62
0
28
8
14
2
7
Jimmie Johnson
2,076
-73
3
28
3
9
0
8
Chase Elliott
2,070
-79
0
28
7
15
1
9
Ryan Blaney
2,070
-79
1
28
3
10
1
10
Kevin Harvick
2,069
-80
1
28
9
17
4
11
Jamie McMurray
2,053
-96
0
28
2
14
0
12
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2,044
-105
2
28
4
7
1
13
Austin Dillon
2,044
-105
1
28
3
4
0
14
Ryan Newman
2,043
-106
1
28
6
11
0
15
Kurt Busch
2,027
-122
1
28
5
13
0
16
Kasey Kahne
2,023
-126
1
28
3
4
0
17
Joey Logano
719
-1,430
1
28
9
14
1
18
Clint Bowyer
718
-1,431
0
28
5
11
0
19
Erik Jones
703
-1,446
0
28
4
12
1
20
Daniel Suarez
624
-1,525
0
28
1
10
0
21
Trevor Bayne
512
-1,637
0
28
1
4
0
22
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
482
-1,667
0
28
1
4
1
23
Paul Menard
478
-1,671
0
28
2
3
0
24
Ty Dillon
458
-1,691
0
28
0
0
0
25
Michael McDowell
438
-1,711
0
28
1
1
0
26
Chris Buescher
438
-1,711
0
28
0
3
0
27
AJ Allmendinger
426
-1,723
0
28
1
5
0
28
Danica Patrick
415
-1,734
0
28
0
1
0
29
David Ragan
341
-1,808
0
28
0
2
0
30
Aric Almirola
329
-1,820
0
21
2
3
0
31
Matt DiBenedetto
292
-1,857
0
28
0
2
0
32
Landon Cassill
287
-1,862
0
28
0
0
0
33
Cole Whitt
268
-1,881
0
28
0
0
0
34
Corey LaJoie
190
-1,959
0
25
0
0
0
35
Gray Gaulding
119
-2,030
0
22
0
0
0
36
Reed Sorenson
118
-2,031
0
22
0
0
0
37
Jeffrey Earnhardt
107
-2,042
0
26
0
0
0
38
Derrike Cope
36
-2,113
0
13
0
0
0
39
Michael Waltrip
29
-2,120
0
1
0
1
0
40
Billy Johnson
15
-2,134
0
1
0
0
0
41
Boris Said
15
-2,134
0
2
0
0
0
42
Gary Klutt
6
-2,143
0
1
0
0
0
43
Cody Ware
6
-2,143
0
5
0
0
0
44
Alon Day
5
-2,144
0
1
0
0
0
45
Stephen Leicht
5
-2,144
0
1
0
0
0
46
Kevin O’Connell
4
-2,145
0
1
0
0
0
47
Tommy Regan
3
-2,146
0
1
0
0
0
48
D.J. Kennington
2
-2,147
0
2
0
0
0
49
Brendan Gaughan
0
-2,149
0
3
0
1
0
50
Darrell Wallace Jr.
0
-2,149
0
4
0
0
0
51
Timmy Hill
0
-2,149
0
13
0
0
0
52
Elliott Sadler
0
-2,149
0
3
0
0
0
53
Ross Chastain
0
-2,149
0
1
0
0
0
54
Joey Gase
0
-2,149
0
5
0
0
0
55
Regan Smith
0
-2,149
0
2
0
0
0
56
JJ Yeley
0
-2,149
0
4
0
0
0
57
Ryan Sieg
0
-2,149
0
5
0
0
0
58
Carl Long
0
-2,149
0
2
0
0
0
59
B.J. McLeod
0
-2,149
0
5
0
0
0
60
Brett Moffitt
0
-2,149
0
4
0
0
0
61
Josh Bilicki
0
-2,149
0
2
0
0
0
62
Ray Black II
0
-2,149
0
1
0
0
0