Kyle Larson wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Chicagoland Speedway

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In the closing three laps, Larson gained on Busch, who had led from a restart on Lap 213 of 267.

That sent Busch into the outside wall, but he lost little momentum and then pushed Larson into a slide that sent him onto the infield grass.

"When you look back at the last couple of years there have been what I would call some surprise winners in unique situations to win superspeedway races or a fuel mileage race or something", Harvick said during a press conference on Friday at the speedway "A road race". Larson passed Busch on the backstretch, but the 2015 series champion was not finished.

Larson slid sideways, as the momentum of Busch's charge into the corner carried his auto into the outside wall. Heading into the weekend, Harvick and Busch - who have combined for nine wins so far - are locked in a tight battle for the Number-1 seed.

Busch recovered from another brush with the wall to win despite a punctured tyre, while Larson regained control in time to still finish second.

The annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Chicagoland Speedway is no longer the Playoff opener but it's important this weekend all the same. Truex is the defending race victor, when this race was part of the playoff "Chase". Of course, we'll have to wait until Sunday to see who gets the job done, but for now, let's talk about one driver who is already on the right path and someone who needs a little bit of adjusting down the stretch.

That worked out quite well for Larson and company. "I was like, 'Surely he's not going to drive inside of me and then he did.' So after that point, I was kind of like, 'OK, all bets are off and it's wide open from here on out back to the checkered flag.' So he got by me and in getting into Turn 3 it was just about following in there and seeing if I could cut left him under him".

He later added, "When you start banging doors on one another, that's what it turns the race into and it's fair game after that so if he had raced fair game off of two and not banged doors, then we would have been just fine in turn three but it's the way it goes sometimes". Only him and Harvick have won consecutive races at the track. And get through the rest of the traffic.

"That was hard racing", Larson said.

Therein lies both an opportunity for teams to score an upset victory or perhaps join the elite few that have dominated the sport for much of the past calendar year.

It was the eighth time that Busch and Larson finished one-two in a NASCAR Xfinity or Cup Series race with Busch winning all eight. I think more guys are going to get the top working. Yeah, the lappers bottled him up pretty bad there, and I was able to get a run on him. "Once the lap times dropped off enough around the bottom I could move up there and go really fast".

"This track has always been really good for me. So, I mean, I know some fans probably already don't like Kyle Busch, but that was just kind of hard racing there, I thought". Joey Logano was third fastest at 180.288 mph, Kurt Busch was fourth fastest at 179.671 mph, Aric Almirola was fifth best at 178.832 mph, and Kevin Harvick was sixth at 177.784 mph.

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