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Kyle Busch Wins First Sprint Cup Race At Kentucky Speedway

Kyle Busch celebrates his win at Kentucky Speedway (Getty Images)

A great night at the track for Kyle Busch in the first sprint cup event at Kentucky Speedway.  Busch led a race high 125 laps and claimed his third victory of the season when he passed Jimmie Johnson on a late restart and held on to the lead to put himself back into the points lead at the halfway point of the season.

David Reutimann also managed to get by Johnson for a career best second place finish while Johnson came in third.

Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards completed the top five.

Kevin Harvick entered the race with the points lead but finished 16th and fell to third in the standings.

It was a nightmare for track officials and for many fans trying to get to the track. A massive traffic jam prevented a good portion of fans from seeing the start of the race.  Some fans didn’t get to their seats until a quarter of the race was already completed. 

Some fans never got to the track at all because police turned them around at the half-way point in the race to set up the patterns for exiting traffic.  Fans unfamiliar with area roads and parking lots and an interstate with only two lanes were the biggest problems.

Even Denny Hamlin got caught in the traffic and missed the drivers meeting.  He finished 11th after starting at the back of the field.  Track officials say the traffic was worse than what they thought and promise they’ll have it fixed in time for next year’s race.

The first of two stops this year at Loudon, New Hampshire is next week.

There was an Indy car race in Toronto yesterday – The Honda Indy – a mile and a three quarter road course race around Exhibition Place and it was Dario Franchitti holding off Graham Rahal on a restart for his third title.

Here’s the finish of Saturday’s race at Kentucky -

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