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No. 45 car becomes the first since 1972 to sweep with different drivers

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — For the first time since 1972, a car has swept the NASCAR Cup Series races at a track with two different drivers in the same year.

As the Wood Brothers No. 21 did with A.J. Foyt and David Pearson at Daytona in 1972, the 23XI Racing No. 45 won with Kurt Busch and Bubba Wallace at Kansas Speedway this year.

Bubba Wallace won Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, four months after Busch won at the track in the No. 45. Wallace led 58 of the last 68 laps and held off 23XI Racing co-owner Denny Hamlin to get his second career Cup win.

Wallace won with his usual crew and car chiefs, spotter and mechanics but, in contrast to May where he finished 10th after several poor pit stops, Busch’s winning pit crew reeled off several consistently good pit stops that earned Wallace the win.

Wallace and Hamlin bested Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., William Byron, Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez, who rounded out the top 10.

Only five times has a car won with multiple drivers in the same year since the modern era began in 1972:

  • Wood Brothers No. 21: David Pearson, AJ Foyt; 1972
  • Rod Osterlund No. 2: Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson; 1979
  • Robert Yates Racing’s No. 28: Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan; 1993
  • Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 40: Jamie McMurray, Sterling Marlin; 2002
  • 23XI Racing’s No. 45: Kurt Busch, Bubba Wallace; 2022

The No. 45 23XI Racing team is now locked into the Round of 12 in the owner playoffs:

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