Race Recap

Busch Displays Million Dollar Will in All-Star Victory

2017_05_22_Race_Recap.jpgBusch Displays Million Dollar Will in All-Star Victory

Kyle Busch and his Camry won the NASCAR All-Star Race and its $1 million bounty, while Toyota’s Antron Brown returned to his winning ways with a NHRA Top Fuel triumph in Kansas over the weekend.

Camry driver Kyle Busch dove to the inside on the final restart to take the lead in Saturday night’s Monster Energy All-Star Race for the win and $1 million prize for first place.


Busch started the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race’s final segment in third at Charlotte Motor Speedway with just 10 laps remaining when he passed leader Brad Keselowski on the inside and shot out front. Busch motored ahead of the field and went on to win by more than one second – marking the Camry driver’s first Cup triumph at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Camry drivers Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. finished 10th and 12th in the exhibition race, while Daniel Suárez finished 15th after advancing into the All-Star Race by winning the 50-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Open event prior.

A night earlier, Busch captured a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Charlotte by leading 90 laps (of 134) to win in his 100th start in a Toyota Tundra.


Including Busch’s win, Tundra drivers took nine of the top-10 overall finishing positions, with Christopher Bell (third), Ryan Truex (fourth) and Timothy Peters (fifth) also in the top-five, while Matt Crafton (sixth), Grant Enfinger (seventh), Ben Rhodes (eighth), Noah Gragson (ninth) and Parker Kligerman (10th) rounded out the top-10. 

Toyota’s Antron Brown defeated Steve Torrence in the Top Fuel final to win the Menards NHRA Heartland Park Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka on Sunday.

The victory was the second of the season for the long-time Toyota driver and the 63rd of his Mello Yello Series career. Brown ran 3.71 or better in five of his seven runs, including three 3.6-second passes – and his opening round 3.691 was the best run of race day. Brown also set a national  Top Fuel speed record on Friday of 333.16 mph.

Toyota’s Doug Kalitta competed in his 1,000th round of NHRA racing in the event. He is the ninth driver in NHRA history to hit that mark, and just the third to complete it exclusively in the Top Fuel class along with Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon.

In Funny Car, Toyota’s J.R. Todd and Del Worsham advanced to the second round. Ron Capps won in Funny Car.

Eric Barron’s Toyota earned a third-place podium finish and a fifth in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series action at Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Mexico over the weekend.

Barron finished third on Saturday and fifth on Sunday in the Pro 4 category as the off-road racing series contested rounds three and four of its 2017 schedule in Mexico.

Brock Heger won in a Pro Lite Unlimited in a Toyota on Saturday in round three.

The weekend’s USAC and POWRi midget races were cancelled due to inclement weather in Granite City, Illinois and Belleville, Illinois, respectively.