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For much of Sunday's Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway it seemed like Kyle Larson would run away with the trophy. The Hendrick Motorsports driver stormed through the field to finish second in the first stage and win the second. He led 132 of 267 laps and appeared comfortably on his way to victory until several late-race cautions gave the rest of the field a chance. Kyle Busch seized that opportunity and raced hard on the final restarts to grab the lead and hold back drivers with fresher tires to lead the last 11 laps of the race. After one final two-lap shootout, the victory was Busch's, which made for a nice present for his 36th birthday and some good headlines. That win saw him join the growing list of first-time winners this season. Ten different drivers have won the first 11 races, which leaves just six playoff positions available for nonwinners. With 15 races left to go in the regular season, those spots are likely to continue falling, too. Up next is a throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway where Kevin Harvick won two of three races last season.
Kyle Busch – Busch worked his way to the lead in the final laps of the opening stage Sunday in Kansas to capture the segment win. He then went on to hang tough and survive multiple late restarts on old tires to win his first race of the season. His win made him the 10th different winner in the