In addition to his many accomplishments as a NASCAR driver, Kyle Busch has traveled North America adding bullet points to his resume winning numerous marquee Super Late model events for Kyle Busch Motorsports. After closing the 2017 season with his second win in the prestigious Snowball Derby, Busch opened 2018 Saturday with a dominant victory in the Fourth Annual SRL Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.
After coming up two spots short in his inaugural Showdown appearance in 2017, Busch returned to the premier Super Late Model event on the West coast on a mission to bring home the trophy and the $30,000 oversized check. After starting from the fourth position, the Las Vegas native moved into second on lap 26, and after a hard-fought battle spanning several laps took the lead from two-time Showdown winner Derek Thorn on lap 63.
The Mobil 1 Camry would remain out front for the remainder of the 300-lap event, opening large leads during the lengthy green-flag runs. Busch had a lead of over four seconds when the fourth and final caution slowed the field with six laps remaining. A strong restart helped him pull away over the final five laps to finish 1.783 seconds ahead of pole sitter Buddy Shepherd.