Kyle Busch recovers from early wreck and captures his eighth Bristol victory

An early wreck was not enough to prevent Kyle Busch from winning another race.

Busch was involved in a multi-car wreck to start the race, but he worked his way through the field and took the lead for the first time on Lap 384.

The team snookered the field by choosing not to pit during the final caution of the Food City 500 and held off his older brother, Kurt Busch, for the final 14 circuits to earn his eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“It’s pretty awesome to be able to snooker those guys, get our win today here at Bristol. Love this place. It was fun to battle out with the brother there at the end,” Busch said.

“We’re crazy,” Busch said. “We’ll do anything to get a win.”

Busch led 71 laps, including the final 19 of 500 for his third win of the season and the 54th of his career.

“It ain’t 12, that’s for sure (referring to Darrell Waltrip).” So, I got more to go, Busch said.

Kurt Busch could taste victory but saw his chances evaporate when he tagged the wall with three laps to go in hot pursuit of Kyle’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

“I know we didn’t quite get side‑by‑side racing it out. I saw him working the top. I’m like, ‘I better go.’ I got up there, was able to make some ground,” Kyle Busch said.

Brad Keselowski was black-flagged for lining up improperly on the final restart and wound up 18th.

Of the eight races run this season, all eight have been won by drivers from either Joe Gibbs Racing or Team Penske.

Kurt Busch admitted that he was going to give his younger brother more than just a tap.

“I really wanted to beat him,” Busch said. “I was going to wreck him. He already won (this year). I figure he could give a little love to his brother. I wanted that one bad.

“I’m happy that we were in position to do it. This group of guys, we’re not quite ready to win yet, but that was close.”

Joey Logano finished third, Ryan Blaney came home fourth, and last week’s winner Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman, and Jimmie Johnson completed the top 10.

Ty Dillon edged Clint Bowyer in a photo finish to take the first stage, while Logano won the second stage.


Monster Energy Cup Series Race Number 8
Race Results for the 59th Annual Food City 500 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, TN – 0.533 – Mile Concrete
Total Race Length – 500 Laps – 266.5 Miles

11718Kyle BuschSkittles Toyota5006551Running
2271Kurt BuschMonster Energy Chevrolet5000640Running
3722Joey LoganoAutotrader Ford5004151Running
4312Ryan BlaneyPPG Ford5007246Running
5511Denny HamlinFedEx Freight Toyota5000032Running
6921Paul MenardMenards/Sylvania Ford5008034Running
7814Clint BowyerHaas Automation Ford5002842Running
82041Daniel SuarezHaas Automation Ford50001030Running
9116Ryan NewmanWyndham Rewards Ford5000336Running
101048Jimmie JohnsonAlly Chevrolet5005033Running
1119Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet50010027Running
122195Matt DiBenedettoLFR Pro League Toyota5000025Running
13134Kevin HarvickHunt Brothers Pizza Ford5000024Running
14153Austin DillonSymbicort Chevrolet5000925Running
152413Ty DillonGEICO Chevrolet5001032Running
16224William ByronAxalta Chevrolet5000021Running
172319Martin Truex Jr.Auto Owners Insurance Toyota4999022Running
18122Brad KeselowskiDiscount Tire Ford4993434Running
191642Kyle LarsonCredit One Bank Chevrolet4990018Running
202843Bubba WallaceBlue-Emu Chevrolet4990017Running
212238David RaganMDS Transport Ford4980016Running
222537Chris BuescherBush’s Beans Chevrolet4980719Running
231488Alex BowmanNationwide Chevrolet4970014Running
24420Erik JonesCRAFTSMAN Racing for a Miracle Toyota4970013Running
253047Ryan Preece #Kroger Chevrolet4960012Running
26310Landon CassillStarCom Fiber Chevrolet4950011Running
272936Matt Tifft #Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford4940010Running
281834Michael McDowellLove’s Travel Stops Ford493009Running
293715Ross Chastain(i)Rim Riderz Chevrolet491000Running
30268Daniel Hemric #Caterpillar/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet490007Running
313452Bayley Currey #Belmont Classic Cars Chevrolet488000Running
323677Quin HouffFALCI Adaptve Motorsports Chevrolet476005Running
331917Ricky Stenhouse Jr.SunnyD Ford395004Running
343232Corey LaJoieDUDE Wipes Ford308003Accident
353566* Timmy Hill(i)Toyota239000Suspension
363351Gray Gaulding(i)Jacob Companies Ford142000Engine
37610Aric AlmirolaSHAZAM!/Smithfield Ford3001Accident

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