Kyle Busch returned to his short track roots over the weekend and won arguably the biggest race in the recent history of Super Late Model competition in the 50th annual Snowball Derby.
The race featured NASCAR notables Corey LaJoie, Harrison Burton, Mason Mingus, Ty Majeski and Noah Gragson. And yet, the fight came down to Busch versus two Late Model lifers: Bubba Pollard and Jeff Choquette.
The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion spent much of the afternoon watching Pollard and Choquette duel in front of him. But a caution with 80 laps to go changed the complexion of the entire race.
LaJoie broke a track bar heim joint and Cole Rouse hit the wall.
The leaders had all come down pit road 50 laps prior and there were no takers. Thus, Choquette and Pollard maintained the front row on the restart and pulled away from Busch. In fact, Busch was under fire from Harrison Burton.
But Busch began to match the leaders' lap times, reeled them in, passed Pollard on lap 278 and took the lead from Choquette on lap 285.
He checked out.
He also survived the "room of doom," officially claiming his second Tom Dawson Trophy in technical inspection. He also won the race in 2009.
Burton held on to fourth over Canadian racer Cassius Clark.
--- Autoweek ---