Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch came from a 23rd-place starting position on the grid to finish second in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry at the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish Jr. won the race by 1.1-seconds over Busch, while fellow JGR drivers Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler also earned top five finishes.
Busch, who led three times for 13 laps at his home track, had a strong car, but not strong enough to beat Hornish Jr. in the end.
"It was a tough race out there today all around," said Busch post-race. "Cars were really getting loose out there in the early stages of the race through the middle part of the race…The second-to-last run and the last run, I felt like our car was really good. There wasn’t much else that we could do to make it better.”
"Sam was just that much faster than us,” continued Busch. “He was beating us a little bit everywhere, all the way around the race track. Certainly, when he stepped on the gas, that thing would go forward in a hurry. Us two were kind of the class of the field, but he was the class of everybody."
Brian Vickers, who started first in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota after qualifying was cancelled due to rain, ran a strong third behind Hornish Jr. and Busch, while Elliott Sadler brought the No. 11 Interstate Batteries Toyota home fifth after starting 15th.
The Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 from LVMS goes green on Sunday at noon PT/ 3 p.m. ET. The Nationwide Series returns to the track next Saturday, March 16th at Bristol Motor Speedway. Follow this weekend’s action at joegibbsracing.com and www.nascar.com.
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