Kyle Busch completes the set in Charlotte

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Monday 28th May, 2018 - 4:38pm

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Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch has now won a points paying race on every current NASCAR circuit after a dominant victory in the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.

The #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota led at the end of each of the four stages, beating Martin Truex Jnr home by 3.823s while Denny Hamlin made for an all-Toyota top three.

Kyle Busch qualified on pole but it was Joey Logano (#22 Team Penske Ford) who took the initial lead.

That lasted only until Lap 5, when Kyle Busch got back in front and but for pit stops was not headed for the rest of the race.

He led all but 23 of the 400 laps to notch up a fourth win of the season, move ahead of Kevin Harvick on 25 play-off points, and extend his series lead.

Truex Jnr was thereabouts for much of the night before a pit lane speeding penalty put the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota to the back of the field for the start of Stage 3.

He still managed to finish the penultimate stage in eighth and got back to second with 70 laps remaining, before dropping back to fifth.

From there, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series again mounted a recovery and got back to second on Lap 387.

Such was Kyle Busch’s form, however, Truex Jnr could only manage to be the best of the rest.

Hamlin was also prominent throughout the encounter, but still took the chequered flag nearly 10 seconds further behind in the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Brad Keselowski (#2 Team Penske Ford) finished fourth while Jimmie Johnson (#48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) came back from a mid-race spin after tangling with Logano to claim fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Jamie McMurray (#1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), Kyle Larson (#42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), Kurt Busch (#41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), Alex Bowman (#88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), and Ricky Stenhouse Jnr (#17 Roush Fenway Racing).

Larson, too, had a lucky escape when he just glanced with wall with his right-rear corner but managed to otherwise stay off the walls and out of harm’s way.

Kevin Harvick, however, slapped the wall on Lap 83 after a tyre went down on the #4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and took no further part in the race.

Round 14 is the Pocono 400 on June 1-3 (local time).

Race highlights

Results: Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte Motor Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 400 377 Running
2 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 400 0 Running
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 400 9 Running
4 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 400 2 Running
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 400 0 Running
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 400 0 Running
7 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 400 0 Running
8 41 Kurt Busch Ford 400 0 Running
9 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 400 0 Running
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 399 0 Running
11 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 399 0 Running
12 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 399 0 Running
13 10 Aric Almirola Ford 399 0 Running
14 21 Paul Menard Ford 399 0 Running
15 19 Suarez Toyota 399 0 Running
16 43 Darrell Wallace Jnr Chevrolet 399 0 Running
17 6 Matt Kenseth Ford 399 0 Running
18 34 Michael McDowell Ford 399 0 Running
19 20 Erik Jones Toyota 399 0 Running
20 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 399 0 Running
21 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 399 0 Running
22 22 Joey Logano Ford 399 12 Running
23 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 399 0 Running
24 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 398 0 Running
25 38 David Ragan Ford 396 0 Running
26 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 396 0 Running
27 96 Parker Kligerman Toyota 394 0 Running
28 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 394 0 Running
29 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 394 0 Running
30 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 389 0 Running
31 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 388 0 Running
32 66 Timmy Hill Toyota 383 0 Running
33 51 BJ McLeod Chevrolet 373 0 Running
34 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 348 0 Running
35 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 344 0 Running
36 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 278 0 Engine
37 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 257 0 Oil leak
38 7 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 191 0 Fuel pump
39 24 William Byron Chevrolet 139 0 Accident
40 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 83 0 Accident

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Pl’off pts
1 Kyle Busch 573 13 4 25
2 Joey Logano 506 -67 13 1 7
3 Kevin Harvick 485 -88 13 5 24
4 Brad Keselowski 437 -136 13 0 4
5 Martin Truex Jnr 430 -143 13 1 7
6 Kurt Busch 429 -144 13 0 2
7 Denny Hamlin 429 -144 13 0 1
8 Clint Bowyer 421 -152 13 1 5
9 Kyle Larson 382 -191 13 0 0
10 Aric Almirola 376 -197 13 0 0
11 Ryan Blaney 375 -198 13 0 3
12 Jimmie Johnson 327 -246 13 0 0
13 Erik Jones 314 -259 13 0 0
14 Alex Bowman 299 -274 13 0 0
15 Chase Elliott 296 -277 13 0 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 296 -277 13 0 0
17 Paul Menard 263 -310 13 0 1
18 Daniel Suarez 245 -328 13 0 0
19 Austin Dillon 244 -329 13 1 5
20 Jamie McMurray 231 -342 13 0 0
21 Ryan Newman 230 -343 13 0 0
22 William Byron 230 -343 13 0 0
23 Bubba Wallace Jnr 228 -345 13 0 0
24 AJ Allmendinger 214 -359 13 0 0
25 David Ragan 203 -370 13 0 0
26 Kasey Kahne 186 -387 13 0 0
27 Chris Buescher 184 -389 13 0 0
28 Michael McDowell 177 -396 13 0 0
29 Ty Dillon 164 -409 13 0 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 154 -419 13 0 0
31 Trevor Bayne 145 -428 11 0 0
32 Gray Gaulding 90 -483 13 0 0
33 Cole Whitt 78 -495 7 0 0
34 Landon Cassill 64 -509 7 0 0
35 DJ Kennington 55 -518 5 0 0
36 Corey LaJoie 39 -534 6 0 0
37 Jeffrey Earnhardt 35 -538 6 0 0
38 Reed Sorenson 31 -542 7 0 0
39 Brendan Gaughan 24 -549 2 0 0
40 Harrison Rhodes 23 -550 5 0 0
41 Matt Kenseth 21 -552 2 0 0
42 Mark Thompson 15 -558 1 0 0
43 Danica Patrick 2 -571 1 0 0
44 Derrike Cope 1 -572 1 0 0
45 Justin Marks 0 -573 1 0 0
46 David Gilliland 0 -573 1 0 0
47 Ross Chastain 0 -573 12 0 0
48 Timothy Peters 0 -573 1 0 0
49 Cole Custer 0 -573 1 0 0
50 Joey Gase 0 -573 2 0 0
51 Parker Kligerman 0 -573 1 0 0
52 JJ Yeley 0 -573 2 0 0
53 Timmy Hill 0 -573 5 0 0
54 Daniel Hemric 0 -573 1 0 0
55 BJ Mcleod 0 -573 2 0 0
56 Chad Finchum 0 -573 1 0 0
57 Cody Ware 0 -573 1 0 0

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