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Kyle Busch Wins Playoff Race 2 at New Hampshire



It was a record-setting hot day in New Hampshire. Race 2 for the NASCAR Playoffs was on, with 15 drivers fighting for 11 spots. After a mid-race incident that took out many Playoff contenders, Kyle Busch capped off a dominating performance in victory lane. However, Playoff race 2 proved costly for many drivers trying to advance onto Round 2.

Sunday’s race started with both Kyles on the front row. Busch won the pole, his 8th of the year, over Larson. Busch started off fast, leading the first 39 laps of the race. Martin Truex Jr then passed the 18 for the lead and won Stage 1. This marked Truex’s 59th Playoff bonus point. Truex started Stage 2 with the lead and dominated once again.

Mid-Race Melee

Coming to the end of Stage 2 on lap 150, Kevin Harvick spun from 14th place off of turn 2. The spinning 4 car created a cloud of thick smoke, and it was unable to see through. Harvick got T-boned by his teammate Kurt Busch. It only got worse from here, as Truex, Dale Jr, and Jeffrey Earnhardt were all collected in this incident. This wreck brought out a red flag and ended the day for Harvick and Kurt Busch. Kyle Busch barely squeezed by and won Stage 2.

After assuming the lead on lap 150, Kyle Busch led almost all of the remaining laps. Several late-race cautions led to some restarts where Busch had to hold off the field. But in the end, Kyle was able to hold on for his 3rd win of the year, and 41st of his career.

Changes in the Playoff Race

With this win, Kyle Busch has secured his spot in Round 2 of the Playoffs. With strong runs in New Hampshire, both Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski are securely in the next round on points. The bottom 4 drivers in the Playoff standings are Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, and Kasey Kahne.

The remainder of the top 10 drivers in New Hampshire were the following. Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano.