FONTANA, Calif.(NASCAR) -- Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick both realized how special the moment was.
Busch, who typically is disgusted when he runs second, seemed happy with third.
Harvick, another hard-nosed racer with a first-or-bust mentality, took his runner-up finish in stride.
Busch and Harvick, whose uneasy relationship on and off the track has been riddled with rancor, seemed downright comfortable as they sat side-by-side at the dais in the media center at Auto Club Speedway, deferring to each other with unfeigned politeness.
To their credit, neither driver wanted to sully a moment that was indeed ... special.
Minutes earlier, Busch and Harvick had climbed from their cars after a NASCAR Nationwide Series race that featured breathtaking, unrelenting action during the closing laps, as Busch, Harvick and race winner Kyle Larson battled in close quarters for the victory. That's right--race winner Kyle Larson, who scored his first NNS win in Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300. Accordingly, Busch and Harvick gave Larson his due after the race, in what amounted to a fitting welcome to the fraternity.
A day later, in Sunday's Auto Club 400, Larson came within .214 seconds of doing in his ninth Cup Series start what his predecessor, Juan Pablo Montoya, hadn't accomplished in seven full seasons--a Sprint Cup victory on an oval track.
Tony Stewart, who has a keen eye for talent at every level, has been answering the same question for three years, "Who's the best young talent with the brightest future in NASCAR racing?"
The first name out of Stewart's mouth has always been "Kyle Larson."
There was no second name.