Busch and Larson Battle Hard for the Win in Chicago

Kyle Busch narrowly topped Kyle Larson to win Sunday’s Overtons 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch ties Kevin Harvick for the most wins on the season with five. This was also Busch’s 48th career win.

 

Paul Menard started on the pole but his lead wouldn’t survive the first lap as Ryan Blaney jumped out front on the backstretch. The 12 would stay in the lead until Clint Bowyer ran him down and took the top spot on lap 19. The 14 seemed to be the best car on the track early but misfortune awaited once pit stops began halfway through the 80-lap stage.

Bowyer pitted from the lead but was penalized for being too fast exiting. While serving his pass-through penalty he sped again which meant he would be required to do a stop and go penalty. Bowyer, unaware of the rules, did another pass through instead which caused him to make a fourth trip down pit lane to properly serve his penalty. Once all stops cycled through Bowyer was three laps down and his teammate Aric Almirola was the leader. Almirola would win the stage, his first ever.

 

Almirola remained out front following pit stops and when stage 2 began he faced stiff competition from his teammate Kevin Harvick in the opening laps but he finally settled into the lead. Once again pit stops happened halfway through the stage. Harvick came in a lap before Almirola which allowed the 4 to cycle to the lead.

A debris caution a few laps later pulled everyone down pit lane again except Ryan Newman who would restart as the leader with 28 to go in the stage. Almirola would have the lead back with 25 to go but he soon felt an issue and pitted for a loose wheel. Kurt Busch would become the fourth Stewart-Haas car to lead and he held Harvick at bay until the last lap when the 4 made a bold move coming off turn 4 to win the stage.

 

The lead shuffled quite a bit as the final 100 laps got underway as the lead went from Harvick to Busch to Larson to Harvick again within 8 laps. Denny Hamlin spun to bring out another yellow. The restart came with 86 to go and Brad Keselowski out front after not pitting. Harvick would lead again four laps later. The last caution came out with 60 laps remaining after Corey LaJoie hit the wall.  Kyle Busch took his first lead of the race as the restart came with 55 to go.

Kyle had a good pace but Larson steadily chipped away as the laps went by and found himself in second with 20 laps left. He continued to cut into the lead but brushed the wall with 8 to go. Busch got squirrelled up by lap traffic with three to go which gave Larson another opportunity. On the final lap Larson dove to the inside in turn 1 and tried a slide job but didn’t have enough room so instead he nudged Busch’s fender off 2. Larson had the lead on the backstretch but Busch nudged him in the middle of 3 and 4 which sent Larson sideways. Busch smacked the wall as Larson slid to the inside to save his car. Busch would get back to the line first to win.

Results for the Overtons 400 at Chicagoland Speedway:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Kyle Larson
3. Kevin Harvick
4. Martin Truex Jr
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Erik Jones
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Joey Logano
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Alex Bowman
11. Daniel Suarez
12. Jamie McMurray
13. Paul Menard
14. Jimmie Johnson
15. Ryan Newman
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
17. Kurt Busch
18. Ryan Blaney
19. Chase Elliott
20. William Byron
21. Michael McDowell
22. Chris Buescher
23. Bubba Wallace
24. AJ Allmendinger
25. Aric Almirola
26. Trevor Bayne
27. Kasey Kahne
28. Ty Dillon
29. Matt DiBenedetto
30. Ross Chastain
31. Gray Gaulding
32. Reed Sorenson
33. Kyle Weatherman
34. Corey LaJoie
35. BJ McLeod
36. Landon Cassill
37. Austin Dillon
38. David Ragan
39. Timmy Hill

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