MENCS: Kyle Busch King of the Monster at Dover

Kyle Busch tamed the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway on Sunday in a spectacular finish between he and second-place finisher Chase Elliott. Busch, a veteran racer from Las Vegas, will leave with his fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the year to advance into the Round of 12.

The win did not come easy for Busch. With two-laps remaining, two-miles remaining, Busch passed Elliott for the lead and won by 0.357 seconds over the Georgia native looking to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Elliott will go into Charlotte Motor Speedway next week with eight top five and 16 top 10 finishes. The last time out at Charlotte didn’t go so well for Elliott. On lap 19, he and Brad Keselowski tangled on the frontstretch and weren’t able to continue. Elliott left the 1.5-mile oval with a 38th-place run.

As for Busch, it’ll be completely opposite as he left the Coca-Cola 600 in May with a runner-up finish behind surprise race winner Austin Dillon.

Rounding out the top three finishers at Dover International Speedway on Sunday was Jimmie Johnson. Johnson led the field for five circuits in the Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil.

He’ll leave Dover, where Johnson went to victory lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 11 times prior, with three wins, four top five and 10 top 10 finishes through 29 events.

Playoff drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five finishers. The highest finishing non-playoff driver was Kansas native Clint Bowyer.

Playoff Points After Dover:

POS

CAR

DRIVER

1

78

Martin Truex Jr.

2

18

Kyle Busch

3

42

Kyle Larson

4

2

Brad Keselowski

5

48

Jimmie Johnson

6

4

Kevin Harvick

7

11

Denny Hamlin

8

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

9

21

Ryan Blaney

10

24

Chase Elliott

11

20

Matt Kenseth

12

1

Jamie McMurray

13

31

Ryan Newman

14

3

Austin Dillon

15

5

Kasey Kahne

16

41

Kurt Busch

Green = Move On                       Red = Eliminated


Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch will not advance into the Round of 12. These drivers finished 13th, 16th, 14th, and 20th.

The series will head to Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend for the Bank of America 500. Coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET. live on NBC. The Performance Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast.

Brett Winningham

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