Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch took a tough blow in the Chase for the Sprint Cup points standings a couple of weeks ago at Kansas, and an even tougher blow in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega, where he played bumper cars with the walls as he eeked out a 10th-place finish following a last-turn wreck. On Sunday at Talladega, however, he rebounded from both blows with his second-straight fifth-place finish and a jump from fifth to third in points after the Camping World RV Sales 500.
Busch, in the No. 18 M&Ms Halloween Toyota Camry, led nine laps and ran everywhere from first to 42nd in Sunday’s race at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. He sits 26 points back of points leader Jimmie Johnson, who took over the top spot in the Chase from JGR driver Matt Kenseth.
Kenseth led 32 laps on Sunday, but handling problems at the end of the race pushed him back to a 20th-place finish in the No. 20 Home Depot “Let’s Do This” Toyota. He’s just four points behind Johnson, who finished 13th and led the most laps (47).
Denny Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, lasted 142 laps before an engine problem sent him to the garage; he’s credited with a 38th-place finish.
Jamie McMurray won the race – the second non-Chaser to win in as many races – followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Paul Menard.
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