Kyle Busch Describes Daring Pass at Las Vegas, Learning NASCAR's New Gen-6 Car

Christopher Leone@ChristopherlionSenior Analyst IMarch 14, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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"It was just kind of spur of the moment," Kyle Busch said. "I really wasn't planning to make that move or go down there, it just sort of happened."

Busch, of course, is talking about his move on the Lap 166 restart of Sunday's Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a daring three-wide pass on the apron that allowed him to seize the lead for 15 laps.

It was a strong piece of counter-evidence to the notion that the new Gen-6 cars struggle to pass, as was insinuated after the races at Daytona and Phoenix. It will also probably go down as one of the top passes of the season. But Busch admits that the move wasn't premeditated.

"We got a good start, and I was making ground on Kasey Kahne in front of me," Busch explained. "I felt like there was enough time and enough opening that if I went below him, I could make the move before we got to turn one. So I stuck my nose in there, got down on the apron to get up alongside of him.

"Then once we got to the corner, you've pretty much got to give a little room to that guy on the inside, so Kasey had to give us some room. But we raced through there, grabbed the lead from it, and [I] actually was able to lead a few laps."

Busch led a total of 27 laps on the day before eventually scoring a fourth-place finish—his best run of the young season. Still, he notes that his Joe Gibbs Racing team is still adjusting to the new car—a fact that played itself out as the No. 18 Toyota got looser over the course of long runs.

"You're definitely learning a little bit more and more from it each week, and trying to adapt to the different things that happen throughout a run or throughout the race," Busch noted. "(With) the car getting loose like it was, you've got to keep the car under you—you can't get too loose or spin yourself out.

"We'll continue to try to make it better as we evolve a little bit more into the season and get some more of these mile and half tracks."

Christopher Leone is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand. For more from Christopher Leone, follow @christopherlion on Twitter.


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