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NASCAR: Michigan International Speedway results in 3 minutes

Kyle Busch isn’t slowing down.

Adding to what has already become a remarkable story this summer, Busch won Saturday’s Careers For Veterans 200 NASCAR truck race at Michigan International Speedway. It was the eighth victory of the season for Busch in NASCAR’s three national series – each of them coming after he missed about three months recovering from injuries suffered at Daytona in February.

Sunday was Busch’s second Truck victory in as many races, to go along with two Xfinity and four Sprint Cup triumphs.

Busch won after he passed Ryan Blaney on Lap 196. Blaney finished second, ahead of Erik Jones, a rookie who grew up in nearby Byron, Mich., and was racing for a first time at the Michigan track.

Turning point

Getting a helpful push from teammate Jones, Busch passed Blaney with four laps remaining, then held off Blaney and Jones to win.

Three who mattered

Kyle Busch: Wins despite going to rear of the field early after speeding on pit road.

Ryan Blaney: Sees Busch go past him late to win the race, just like at Indianapolis in July.

Tyler Reddick: Points-leader finished ninth, but saw lead over second-place Matt Crafton (who finished sixth) shrink from 11 to eight points.

Observations

▪ It doesn’t matter what happens to Busch; he wins anyway. After starting 10th, he had to go to the rear of the field after a pit-road speeding penalty early in the race. It wasn’t long before he he was back in front.

▪ Crafton got into an incident with John Wes Townley late in the race. Instead of spinning and hitting the wall, Crafton saved his truck and went on to finish sixth.

▪ Not much time for the Trucks to recover from Saturday – they race again Wednesday at Bristol.

They said it

“There’s nothing else you can do, when he’s got a teammate pushing him.” – Blaney, on the push Jones gave Busch, giving Busch a lead that would hold up through the final four laps.

Next race

UNOH 200

Where: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway

When: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: Motor Racing Network

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