Kyle Busch wins after hits with Larson, wall on final lap

Daniel Herrero

Monday 2nd July, 2018 - 10:49am

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The first touch between the top two on the final lap pic: NASCAR broadcast

Kyle Busch has prevailed in a stunning conclusion to the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland having lost the lead on the final lap and been pushed into the wall.

He and Kyle Larson twice made contact on the 267th lap of the Overton’s 400 after the latter had closed the gap.

Larson tried to get underneath Busch at Turn 1/Turn 2 but tagged the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on exit, which saw it slap the wall.

It allowed Larson to get a run down the back straight, only for Busch to give the #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet a tap through Turn 3/Turn 4.

The contact sent Busch into the wall a second time but Larson half spun down onto the apron and grass infield.

The series leader won the race in the wounded Camry while Larson gathered up his slide to take second, 0.444s ahead of Kevin Harvick (#4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford).

Harvick won Stage 2 with a move past team-mate Kurt Busch (#41 Ford) on the last lap before the green/white chequered flag.

He led at the start of the final stage and twice again before the end, but Busch grabbed top spot in pit lane when Corey LaJoie (#72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet) hit the wall and drew what would be the final Caution with just under 50 laps remaining.

Officially, Busch would lead the rest of the way even though Larson nosed in front during that dramatic final lap.

Martin Truex Jnr finished fourth despite being one of four drivers sent to the back of the grid after the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota fell afoul of post-qualifying inspection.

Rounding out the top 10 were Clint Bowyer (#14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), Erik Jones (#20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Denny Hamlin (#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Joey Logano (#22 Team Penske Ford), Brad Keselowski (#2 Team Penske Ford), and Alex Bowman (#88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet).

Pole-sitter Paul Menard ended up 13th in the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford.

Aric Almirola was a stage winner for the first time in Stage 1 but finished all the way back in 25th after subsequently having to twice pit for a loose wheel on the #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

Round 18 is the Coze Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5-7 (local time).

Replay: Final laps

Kyle Busch post-race interview

Results: Overton’s 400, Chicagoland Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 267 59 Running
2 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 267 7 Running
3 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 267 39 Running
4 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 267 0 Running
5 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 267 21 Running
6 20 Erik Jones Toyota 267 0 Running
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 267 0 Running
8 22 Joey Logano Ford 267 0 Running
9 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 267 16 Running
10 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 267 0 Running
11 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 267 0 Running
12 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 267 0 Running
13 21 Paul Menard Ford 267 0 Running
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 267 0 Running
15 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267 3 Running
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 266 0 Running
17 41 Kurt Busch Ford 266 20 Running
18 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 266 19 Running
19 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 266 0 Running
20 24 William Byron Chevrolet 266 0 Running
21 34 Michael McDowell Ford 266 0 Running
22 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 266 0 Running
23 43 Bubba Wallace Chevrolet 266 0 Running
24 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 266 0 Running
25 10 Aric Almirola Ford 266 70 Running
26 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 265 0 Running
27 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 264 0 Running
28 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 264 0 Running
29 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 262 0 Running
30 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 261 0 Running
31 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 260 0 Running
32 7 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 259 0 Running
33 99 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 255 0 Running
34 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 233 0 Running
35 51 BJ McLeod Chevrolet 227 0 Running
36 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 224 0 Running
37 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 189 13 Wheel hub
38 38 David Ragan Ford 189 0 Running
39 66 Timmy Hill Toyota 185 0 Oil cooler

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Playoff pts
1 Kyle Busch 736   17 5 30
2 Kevin Harvick 674 -62 17 5 27
3 Joey Logano 617 -119 17 1 7
4 Martin Truex Jnr 594 -142 17 3 18
5 Brad Keselowski 592 -144 17 0 4
6 Clint Bowyer 579 -157 17 2 10
7 Kurt Busch 560 -176 17 0 2
8 Denny Hamlin 537 -199 17 0 2
9 Kyle Larson 524 -212 17 0 0
10 Ryan Blaney 495 -241 17 0 4
11 Aric Almirola 493 -243 17 0 1
12 Jimmie Johnson 442 -294 17 0 0
13 Chase Elliott 435 -301 17 0 0
14 Erik Jones 408 -328 17 0 0
15 Alex Bowman 390 -346 17 0 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 367 -369 17 0 0
17 Paul Menard 362 -374 17 0 1
18 Daniel Suarez 316 -420 17 0 0
19 Austin Dillon 314 -422 17 1 5
20 Jamie McMurray 309 -427 17 0 0
21 William Byron 306 -430 17 0 0
22 Ryan Newman 298 -438 17 0 0
23 AJ Allmendinger 273 -463 17 0 1
24 Bubba Wallace 269 -467 17 0 0
25 Chris Buescher 261 -475 17 0 0
26 David Ragan 241 -495 17 0 0
27 Michael McDowell 240 -496 17 0 0
28 Kasey Kahne 229 -507 17 0 0
29 Ty Dillon 207 -529 17 0 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 184 -552 17 0 0
31 Trevor Bayne 166 -570 13 0 0
32 Gray Gaulding 113 -623 17 0 0
33 Cole Whitt 87 -649 9 0 0
34 Landon Cassill 76 -660 10 0 0
35 DJ Kennington 58 -678 6 0 0
36 Corey LaJoie 52 -684 8 0 0
37 Matt Kenseth 49 -687 4 0 0
38 Reed Sorenson 36 -700 8 0 0
39 Jeffrey Earnhardt 35 -701 6 0 0
40 Brendan Gaughan 24 -712 2 0 0
41 Harrison Rhodes 23 -713 5 0 0
42 Mark Thompson 15 -721 1 0 0
43 Chris Cook 6 -730 1 0 0
44 Tomy Drissi 5 -731 1 0 0
45 Kyle Weatherman 4 -732 1 0 0
46 Derrike Cope 4 -732 2 0 0
47 Danica Patrick 2 -734 1 0 0
48 Cody Ware 1 -735 2 0 0
49 Justin Marks 0 -736 2 0 0
50 David Gilliland 0 -736 1 0 0
51 Ross Chastain 0 -736 15 0 0
52 Parker Kligerman 0 -736 2 0 0
53 Timothy Peters 0 -736 1 0 0
54 Cole Custer 0 -736 2 0 0
55 Joey Gase 0 -736 2 0 0
56 JJ Yeley 0 -736 3 0 0
57 Timmy Hill 0 -736 7 0 0
58 Daniel Hemric 0 -736 1 0 0
59 BJ Mcleod 0 -736 4 0 0

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