Kyle Busch’s loss is Alex Bowman’s gain in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 06: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Ethel M Chocolates Toyota, drives by as Alex Bowman, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout on the infield grass after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 06, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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Kyle Busch was two-and-a-half laps from collecting his second hometown victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

But a caution for Erik Jones and Bubba Wallace crashing throughout the front straightaway sent the Pennzoil 400 into overtime. Everyone opted for new tires, and Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson and William Byron all capitalized by taking two tires on the final pit stop.

Bowman took advantage of the track position and claimed his first win of 2022 and fifth in the past 31 races. Busch was relegated to a fourth-place finish and was … less than pleased about it. Busch launched into some choice words over the team radio out of frustration for the race-ending sequence.

“Same (expletive) guy who backs into every (expletive) win that he ever (expletive) gets, backs into another (expletive) win,” Busch said — the cleaned-up version at least.

For Bowman, he followed a similar tract on social as he did after being called a “hack” by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin after the No. 48 won at Martinsville last fall.

“Yikes,” Bowman tweeted. “T shirt?”

Yes, T-shirt. Specifically one designed to raise proceeds – 18% of which, to be exact, after a certain Toyota car number – for local animal shelters.