Busch, who moved from Joe Gibbs Racing to Richard Childress Racing over the winter, grabbed the lead on lap 143 and held on by way of a closing spherical of green-flag pitstops to maintain away from Chase Elliott to win by 2.998 seconds.
The win offers the 37-year-old the outright file for many consecutive seasons with at the very least one victory, as he pulls away from seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty to maneuver on to 19 straight seasons.
Busch can be the ultimate winner on the two-mile observe structure at Fontana as it’s scheduled to be reworked into a brief observe and won’t be on the 2024 Cup schedule.
As well as, the final time Busch gained a Cup race in a automotive not from Joe Gibbs Racing was 25 March 2007, almost 16 years in the past, when Busch drove for Hendrick Motorsports.
But it surely wasn’t all clean crusing for the two-time Cup champion, as he needed to overcome a pit dashing penalty and battle his approach again to the entrance of the sector.
“May have, ought to have, would have final week. I feel it’s simply phenomenal,” Busch stated, reflecting on lacking out on the Daytona 500 final weekend. “I can’t thank Richard and Judy [Childress] sufficient, Austin [Dillon] for calling me and getting me speaking and getting me the chance to return over right here to RCR.
Race winner Kyle Busch, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro
Picture by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images
“The fellows did a fantastic job. Everyone that labored so laborious within the low season. We did lots of sim stuff, lots of testing basically simply making an attempt to rise up to hurry. There may be nothing extra rewarding than with the ability to go to victory lane.”
Ross Chastain led probably the most laps with 91 however ended up third as he light in the direction of the top, whereas his Trackhouse Racing team-mate Daniel Suarez was fourth and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five.
With Denny Hamlin sixth, Brad Keselowski bounced again from a crash on the Daytona 500 to take seventh, forward of Alex Bowman and Austin Dillon, as final weekend’s runner-up at Daytona Joey Logano accomplished the highest 10.
NASCAR Cup – Fontana race outcomes – 200 laps