For any athlete it’s a dream come true when they have a major win in their hometown. On Sunday the dream came true for 23-year-old NASCAR racer and Las Vegas native Kyle Busch when he celebrated his first win in six career Sprint Cup starts at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, racing to victory in his Toyota No. 18, sponsored by M&M’s.
Busch performed his feat with gusto and racing mastery. Racing before a near capacity 140,000 fervent fans at the speedway, he started deeper in the 43-car field than any of the event’s previous 12 winners.
“I tell you what, this is pretty cool,” the Durango High School graduate said. “I don’t exactly what it would mean but coming to the checkered flag, there were knots in my stomach. It’s bigger than winning the Daytona 500.”
After winning the race, Busch kneeled at the finishing line and kissed the track.
It was Busch’s first Cup win of the season, and the 12th in 153 races.