What has race fans calling the Overton's 400 "The Best Late Race Battle of The Season" began with around thirty laps left in the Chicagoland race. Kyle Busch was leading and Kyle Larson was tracking him down. As the laps ticked by, Larson drew closer and closer until he inevitably brushed the wall and lost valuable time. Everyone believed that was 'the move of the race,' but when the 18 (Busch) got stuck in traffic, Larson was able to not only catch up but also fight for the lead. There was a bit of door banging, which ended with Larson spinning around and Busch winning the race.
Despite such a close win, Larson gave a thumbs up to his team for not giving up all race. Meanwhile Busch didn't exactly have a right front tire so there was no victory burnout.
The Overton's 400 is Busch's 48th career victory, it's been ten years since Busch has won at Chicagoland. Rutledge Wood interviewed Busch at the start/finish line where the 18 was parked with it's flat. "I got really boxed in behind lapped cars… then was just tryna get all I could at the end there.” He also said, “Great thing for this skittles Camry. We were horrible today, absolutely horrendous, but we never gave up."
When Wood asked Busch if he thought he and Larson would lose time to third place while bumping each other Busch said, "I had no clue where third place was."
Larson talked about his point of view in a post-race interview as well, "I mean I’m not upset, I had an opportunity there to slide in front of him… so I tried to get to his door... I thought it was free game from there I ran into him first.” Larson also mentioned how much fun he had, "We put on shell of a show for you guys that was a blast." Larson even said it was most likely one of the best finishes of all time.
Larson was then asked if he had anything to say to the fans, "Wanna thank you guys for being fans of all of us, of the sport,” and then back to the camera on Busch's move, “If rules were reversed I woulda done the same thing.”
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