Busch earns NASCAR victory

“That’s the most gratifying part, helping these guys win,” Busch said. “It’s all about team work. I don’t do this alone.”

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May 16, 2022 - 3:39 PM

Kurt Busch, driver of the (45) Monster Energy Toyota, Michael McDowell, driver of the (34) Love's Travel Stops Ford, and Justin Haley, driver of the (31) LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race, at Bristol Motor Speedway, on April 17, 2022, in Bristol, Tennessee. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images/TNS)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kurt Busch was slowly driving his Jordan Brand-styled ride toward victory lane at Kansas Speedway on Sunday when car owner Denny Hamlin stopped him in his tracks, ducked his head through the window and said: “We did it.”

Did they ever.

Busch survived a weary day of tire attrition, then pinched his way past Kyle Larson for the lead with eight laps to go, before driving away from the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to win for the first time at Kansas — and give the up-and-coming 23XI Racing team owned by Hamlin and NBA great Michael Jordan its second win ever.

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