“I did everything that I could to protect the momentum,” Busch said of his last-lap battle with Larson. “I knew the 70 car (Brad Teague) was going to be slow on the top, so I figured maybe I could have enough off the bottom to keep the 32 (Larson) at least to my quarter panel. I guess it worked out. I don’t know how close it was, maybe too close.
“A young kid like that, he has got a lot of talent and he obviously has already made a name for himself. I think he has a lot going for him. It was fun racing with him, but wish it was a little easier on my end,” Busch said. “I don’t like making it close, but it was fun for the fans.”
Larson’s second-place finish came in only his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series start.
“I was pretty happy Kyle went to the bottom on that last corner. I knew that would give me one more shot to get by him,” Larson said. “We kept the fenders on it all day but I had to use them up coming to the finish line just to try and beat Kyle.
“I didn’t think I was going to have momentum to get by him whether he cleared me or not. It made for a heck of a finish and I hope the fans enjoyed it,” Larson said.
Brian Vickers finished third in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, followed by point leader Sam Hornish Jr. and Harvick. Regan Smith, Chris Buescher, polesitter Justin Allgaier, Parker Kligerman and Brian Scott completed the top-10.