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Kyle Busch wins for the third time in 2016

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Kyle Busch took the lead on a restart with less than 20 laps remaining Saturday night and went on to win the GoBowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Busch managed to hold off Kevin Harvick to win his third race of the season.

Martin Truex, Jr. appeared to have the superior car, but he was forced to make two pit stops late in the race, opening the door for Busch and others. Truex led for 172 if the race’s 267 laps, but wound up finishing 14th.

Busch’s victory was his third of the season and the first of his career at Kansas Speedway. He was not able to finish any of his last four races there.

“This is pretty big,” said Busch from Victory Lane. “There’s been a lot of rough days in Kansas, that’s for sure. Lots of good ones, too, but I can’t say enough about everyone on this team.”

The native of Las Vegas, Nev. has proved to be one of the greatest talents in his sport. The defending Sprint Cup champion has now won 37 Sprint Cup races in his career. Of his last 32 starts, Busch has won eight times.

In addition, he was won 80 in the Xfinity Series and 45 Camping World Truck Series races. The latest truck victory came Friday night.

Finishing third behind Busch and Harvick was Kurt Busch followed by Matt Kenseth and Ryan Blaney. NASCAR favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished in 15th place.

Next Sunday, the drivers head for Dover International Speedway to compete in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism.


Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at [email protected]

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