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Daytona to Dirt: 2 Busch Generations Make Noise at Central Arizona Raceway

NASCAR’s continued West Coast swing again left dirt racing a big lacking in representation from the pavement brigade this weekend, sans two generations of a well-known racing family getting dirty in the Arizona Desert.

Kyle Busch

The Cup Series regular made his way to Central Arizona Raceway to compete in the wingless micro sprint division. Friday night (March 10) saw Busch go from sixth to second in his heat race en route to a fifth-place finish in the A-main.

Saturday’s night race at Central Arizona, a little under 100 miles from the big track in Phoenix, saw more of the same for Busch. Winning the first heat race of the night, Busch started on the front row of the feature Saturday night before finishing fourth.

Rowdy good times! Thanks Kyle Busch!

Posted by Central Arizona Raceway on Saturday, March 11, 2023

Also present with Busch at Central Arizona was his son Brexton Busch, racing in the Junior Sprint division. Brexton’s results were even more impressive than his dad’s; a heat and feature win on Friday, a runner-up feature finish Saturday and a heat race performance Saturday that saw the younger Busch go from ninth to third.

Jonathan Davenport

Yes, this story is more a tale of Dirt to Daytona, but it still worth noting that arguably the biggest driver in dirt racing not named Kyle Larson is going to take a shot at Cup racing, signing with Kaulig Racing to run the Bristol Dirt Race next month.

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Jonathan Davenport Running Bristol Dirt for Kaulig

The start will not be the first for Davenport in NASCAR national touring series competition; the driver known as Superman attempted to qualify for the spring Martinsville truck race in 2013, failing to make the show.

And speaking of Larson, he had some words to say about Davenport coming to Bristol.

Mikey Kile

The former ARCA Racing Series regular competed in both nights of the Ronny Adams Memorial at Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, La., under the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series banner.

Friday night saw Kile hold his own in the second late model heat, going from seventh to sixth in his heat race. With the field full of 41 late models on Friday night, Kile was still sent to the first B-main, where he came up one spot short of a transfer in a race marred by two red flags.

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This Day in Dirt: March Madness Destroys Late Model Field at Boothill Speedway

Saturday night also saw Kile turn a 7-6 run in his heat race. However, after Friday night’s demolition derby thinned out the field, Kile started third in his B-main and capitalized, scoring the B-main win after Clayton Stuckey made early-race contact with a tractor tire, leaving Kile able to pass Jamie Burford for the lead two laps in. Kile went on to finish 18th in the A-main, running as high as 14th before getting involved in a four-car tangle on lap 18 of the 40-lap feature.

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