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Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:49

Busch Wins at Dover in Round 1 Finale

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Busch Wins at Dover in Round 1 Finale Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Kyle Busch ends the first round of NASCAR's Playoffs with strong momentum.

Kyle Busch won the Apache Warrior 400 from Dover International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Busch capped off the first round of the Playoffs with his second victory of the round, after passing Chase Elliott for the lead with two laps to go.

Busch said he gave his everything in the final run to try and run down Elliott.

“That was hard fought…that was everything I had,” Busch said.  “I was trying to get there, and I got stuck for a few laps.  I wasn’t sure if I would make it all the way, and then I had to try the top.”

Elliott, who is still looking for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, dominated the final stage of the race, but lost the lead after getting slowed down by lapped traffic.

Busch said he could understand Elliott’s frustration with the runner-up finish.

“I know Chase is hungry…he’s been trying a couple years to get his first Cup Series win,” Busch said.  “Fortunately we had a little bit fresher tires than he did and it drug us right to him.”

“I saw that carrot hanging out there, and I wanted to go get it.”

Elliott led a race-high 138 laps, but he was visibly disappointed after coming so close to his first victory.  Elliott said it was his fault that he couldn’t get to victory lane.

“I’m so disappointed in myself; couldn’t have had it any easier,” Elliott said.  “Appreciate our team and their efforts today; our pit stops were great and it kept us in the ballgame, and I didn’t.”

“When you look back, I obviously would have done something different, but I didn’t.”

Unofficial results:

1. Kyle Busch

2. Chase Elliott

3. Jimmie Johnson

4. Martin Truex Jr.

5. Kyle Larson

6. Clint Bowyer

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

8. Daniel Suarez

9. Jamie McMurray

10. Brad Keselowski

11. Matt Kenseth

12. Erik Jones

13. Ryan Newman

14. Kasey Kahne

15. Joey Logano

16. Austin Dillon

17. Kevin Harvick

18. Danica Patrick

19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

20. Kurt Busch

21. David Ragan

22. Ty Dillon

23. Ryan Blaney

24. Trevor Bayne

25. Aric Almirola

26. Paul Menard

27. Michael McDowell

28. AJ Allmendinger

29. Landon Cassill

30. Chris Buescher

31. Matt DiBenedetto

32. Cole Whitt

33. Brett Moffitt

34. Corey LaJoie

35. Denny Hamlin

36. BJ McLeod

37. Jeffrey Earnhardt

38. Ross Chastain

39. Reed Sorenson

40. Timmy Hill

Bryan Nicodemus

My name is Bryan Nicodemus.  I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, and I am currently a sophomore at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.  I am majoring in Public Relations, and I hope to work in NASCAR someday.  Follow me on Twitter: @mmarkaholic55