Another Bristol Victory For Kyle Busch
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch was simply untouchable Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway as he cruised to his 60th career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory during the Food City 250.
Busch started from the pole in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and went mostly unchallenged throughout the event. The only time Busch wasn’t leading was when rookie Kyle Larson opted not to pit under caution near the midway point of the race.
Larson was able to lead 22 laps before Busch retook the lead on lap 129. Once back out front Busch was simply on cruise control, beating second-place Brad Keselowski to the checkered flag by .831 of a second. Third-place Austin Dillon was more than nine seconds behind Busch at the checkers.
“Great job by these guys putting together such a great Monster Energy Camry. It was a lot of fun tonight,” said Busch, who now has 15-career NASCAR national victories at Bristol. “It’s cool when you can start up front and lead laps like that, but yet you still have some battles with having to hold off the 22 (Keselowski) and having to pass the 32 (Larson). Just a fun day.”
Busch, who also won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday night, will now try to complete the weekend sweep of the NASCAR national series events at Bristol for the second time in his career. He became the first driver in NASCAR history to complete such a sweep in 2010.
He will have a long road ahead of him if he plans to complete the sweep. Busch crashed his No. 18 Toyota in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying Friday afternoon and will have to start Sunday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race from the 43rd and final starting position.
“We’re here to win races and take trophies home, and that’s what we’re going to try and do tomorrow too,” Busch said. “It’s not like I haven’t come from deep in the field before. It’s going to be a tall order.”
Justin Allgaier finished third followed by Larson in fifth. Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott were the only other drivers to finish on the lead lap. Elliott Sadler finished 10th, one lap off the pace.