The long road of Kyle Busch’s recovery became a little bit easier.
Busch, who missed the first 11 races of the Sprint Cup season because of a broken right leg and left foot, held off older brother Kurt to win Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Busch’s 30th career victory came just four months after he suffered multiple injuries in a crash at Daytona. It’s the first time the Busch brothers have finished 1-2 in a Sprint Cup race. Kurt, who won at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago, crossed the finish line a half-second behind his younger brother at Sonoma. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five.
When Kyle Busch returned to racing in the middle of May, NASCAR gave him a medical waiver to remain Chase-eligible. However, he must finish in the top-30 in points when the regular season concludes on Sept. 12 at Richmond and right now, he’s ranked 37th in the driver standings. There are 10 races left before the regular season ends.
The series returns to Daytona International Speedway this coming weekend with Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400.