Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kyle Busch Returns to Victory Lane

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Kyle Busch won the Toyota-Save Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway on Sunday.

Photo courtesy Jonathan Moore/Getty Images
Busch picked up his first victory of the season on Sunday.  Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with an ankle injury after crashing in the first Xfinity Series race in February.

“This is awesome,” Busch said.  “I can’t say enough about my team…everyone that got me back in shape and got me back ready to go.”

Busch’s victory makes him eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he still has to make the top 30 in driver points.  Busch left Sonoma 37th in points, still needing an average finish of 13th or better over the remaining 10 races before the Chase cutoff.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us, we knew we did in the beginning,” Busch said.  “It’s unfortunate that we had a couple crashes and I hate it for my guys…they don’t deserve to be in that spot.”

Many in the NASCAR community were worried that Sonoma’s twists and turns, which require substantial braking, would aggravate Busch’s foot injury.  Busch said there was nothing to worry about.

“My foot hurts a little bit, but not as bad as I expected it to,” Busch said.  “It actually hurt worse in practice, I think I warmed it up all day Friday.”

Unofficial results:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Kurt Busch
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Joey Logano
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8. Kasey Kahne
9. Ryan Newman
10. Sam Hornish Jr.
11. Jamie McMurray
12. Tony Stewart
13. Paul Menard
14. Aric Almirola
15. Kyle Larson
16. Jeff Gordon
17. Austin Dillon
18. Denny Hamlin
19. Brad Keselowski
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
21. Matt Kenseth
22. Cole Whitt
23. Trevor Bayne
24. Danica Patrick
25. Alex Kennedy
26. Boris Said
27. Greg Biffle
28. Josh Wise
29. Matt DiBenedetto
30. Justin Marks
31. Alex Bowman
32. Jeb Burton
33. Michael Annett
34. Michael McDowell
35. Justin Allgaier
36. Landon Cassill
37. AJ Allmendinger
38. Casey Mears
39. David Ragan
40. Carl Edwards
41. J.J. Yeley
42. Martin Truex Jr.
43. David Gilliland

Photo courtesy Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

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