Kyle Busch wins a close NASCAR Nationwide Race at Bristol
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch won the 31st Annual Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR race was typical for Bristol Motor Speedway. Justin Allgaier started the race on the pole then lead the first 62 laps, then Trevor Bayne took over the lead for 13 laps. While they were racing up front Kyle Busch was on his way to join them. On lap 76 of 300 Kyle took over the lead and led 92 laps.
Brad Keselowski took over the lead during pit stops under caution because Kyle Busch had a slow stop. Brad looked like he was going to run away with it when disaster struck and he had a spectacular blow out, wrecking his car. Somehow Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch were able to pass him on either side without wrecking.
Kevin Harvick was the benefit of that exchange and proceeded to lead the next 43 laps. Eventually Kyle Busch was able to pass Kevin and never looked back except to see a young rookie named Kyle Larson. While Kyle, Brad and Kevin were fighting for the lead Kyle Larson and his team were making his car better. He had driven from eighth place up to the front and was the fastest car on the track.
The last few laps, Kyle Larson was closing on Kyle Busch, he got there with ½ lap to go and they finished door to door. Kyle Busch won by 0.023 Seconds.
“ … just battling with Kyle Larson. It was — a young kid like that, he’s got a lot of talent and he’s going to make a name” Kyle Busch said “obviously, he already has made a name for himself, but I think that he’s got a lot going for him. It was fun racing with him, but wish it was a little easier on my end.”
When Kyle Busch was asked what he thought about the next generation driver he said, “Yeah, I know, right? I’m getting old. I’m 27 and I’m getting old. Got a birthday here in about another month or so — but I think the first closest finish (in the NNS at Bristol) was me and (Joey) Logano here two years ago in the fall. I don’t like making them close, but it’s more exciting for the fans so that’s cool.”
This is Kyle Busch’s fifth NASCAR Nationwide series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway and matches his five wins in the Cup Series. Will he be able to sweep the weekend and win the Food City 500.
Brian Vickers was third, Sam Hornish Jr. fourth, and Kevin Harvick fifth. Sam Hornish Jr. leads the standings by 22 points over Justin Allgaier. Kyle Larson was the highest finishing rookie.
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