NASCAR: Kyle Busch Takes Victory at Buschy McBusch 400 on 36th Birthday

by Suzanne Halliburton

Kyle Busch knows how to celebrate a birthday in a big, big way. Rather than cake, you win a big, big race.

Busch won the Buschy McBusch Race 400, Sunday, at the Kansas Speedway outside Kansas City. It was his first Cup win of the season and the first for his new crew chief, Ben Beshore.

So far this year, NASCAR crowns a new winner seemingly each week. With Sunday’s victory, Kyle Busch became the 10th different winner in 11 races. That’s some big balance.

Busch led four times, covering 20 laps, of the race. It’s the second time he’s won on his birthday. And according to the Sporting News, only one other driver has been victorious on his birthday more than once. That was Cale Yarborough, who also preferred the smell of burning rubber to burning candles to celebrate birthday.

To kick off the weekend, Kyle Busch also won the Truck Series race, Saturday.

“That’s a Kyle Busch win right there,” Busch told reporters.

After Kyle Busch, Harvick and Keselowski Rounded Out Top Three

Kevin Harvick overcame a late pit stop to finish second behind Kyle Busch, Sunday. Brad Keselowski, who won at Talladega last weekend, finished third. Matt DiBenedetto and Chase Elliott were fourth and fifth.

The NASCAR official Twitter account acknowledged the wonderful weekend for Kyle Busch.

“CHECKERED FLAG: A happy birthday indeed for KyleBusch! The Candyman completes the weekend sweep at @kansasspeedway for his first win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.”

Kyle Larson led the race for 132 laps, but finished only in 19th.

Maybe Kyle Busch wasn’t the favorite to win the Buschy McBusch race. That probably Denny Hamlin, who was looking for his first win of 2021. Hamlin has three wins in Kansas. But Sunday wouldn’t be a fourth. He led after a race restart. But he hit a wall, which brought out the caution flags.