Busch, who moved from Joe Gibbs Racing to Richard Childress Racing over the winter, grabbed the lead on lap 143 and held on by 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 document for many consecutive seasons with not less than one victory, as he pulls away from seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty to maneuver on to 19 straight seasons.
Busch can also be the ultimate winner on the two-mile monitor format at Fontana as it’s scheduled to be remodeled into a brief monitor and won’t be on the 2024 Cup schedule.
As well as, the final time Busch gained a Cup race in a automobile not from Joe Gibbs Racing was 25 March 2007, almost 16 years in the past, when Busch drove for Hendrick Motorsports.
Nevertheless it wasn’t all easy crusing for the two-time Cup champion, as he needed to overcome a pit dashing penalty and battle his means again to the entrance of the sector.
“Might have, ought to have, would have final week. I believe 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 come back over right here to RCR.
Race winner Kyle Busch, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro
Photograph by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images
“The fellows did an ideal job. All people that labored so exhausting within the low season. We did loads of sim stuff, loads of testing usually simply attempting to stand up to hurry. There may be nothing extra rewarding than having the ability to go to victory lane.”
Ross Chastain led essentially the most laps with 91 however ended up third as he light in the direction of the tip, 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