Kyle Busch completes Bristol sweep

Sunday 20th August, 2017 - 1:26pm

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Kyle Busch scored his second complete sweep at Bristol

Kyle Busch has completed a complete sweep of all three NASCAR series races at Bristol Motor Speedway adding the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, to victory in the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series.

Busch who snapped a 12-month winless streak at Pocono at the end of July, is now showing ominous form with the Chase for the Cup only weeks away.

Busch led 156 of 500 laps in the Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota to prevail in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. His sixth Cup win on the .533-mile track was the 40th of his career in NASCAR’s top division.

Rookie Erik Jones took pole and led a race-high 260 laps but had to settle for second place, 1.422 seconds behind at the finish.

“Great job everybody,” said Busch.

“Erik Jones put up a whale of a fight. I mean I just can’t say enough about that young man. He’s a great kid. I have a lot of fun with him. I have a lot of respect for him. He raced me awesome out there like a great teammate and gave me the room when necessary and raced me hard when necessary. Man, it’s just great to have a guy like that.”

It was a night for Toyota with Denny Hamlin in third ahead of Matt Kenseth. Kurt Busch took fifth in the top-finishing Ford, and Ryan Newman was sixth to wrap up the best effort for a Chevrolet driver.

Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. finished 21st, missing out on a chance to clinch the regular-season championship. Truex made an unscheduled stop on Lap 207 with a loose wheel on his Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota, then was penalised for speeding during that pit-road visit.

In terms of the stage winner; Kyle Busch won Stage 1 and Kenseth Stage 2.

VIDEO: Race wrap

 

RESULTS: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race – Bristol Motor Speedway

Pos Start No. Driver Sponsor Pts Status Laps Make
1 18 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Caramel 53 Running 500 Toyota
2 1 77 Erik Jones 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength 50 Running 500 Toyota
3 7 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground 43 Running 500 Toyota
4 5 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Flexvolt 49 Running 500 Toyota
5 25 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Haas Automation 32 Running 500 Ford
6 13 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 38 Running 500 Chevrolet
7 20 6 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost 30 Running 500 Ford
8 29 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Outdoors 37 Running 500 Ford
9 2 42 Kyle Larson Huggies Little Movers 41 Running 500 Chevrolet
10 10 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 31 Running 500 Ford
11 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 36 Running 500 Chevrolet
12 11 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s/Cessna 25 Running 500 Chevrolet
13 8 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 27 Running 500 Ford
14 14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal 23 Running 500 Ford
15 12 19 Daniel Suarez Irwin/Lenox 22 Running 500 Toyota
16 27 27 Paul Menard Knauf/Menards 23 Running 499 Chevrolet
17 19 38 David Ragan Juice Battery 20 Running 499 Ford
18 4 24 Chase Elliott NAPA 26 Running 499 Chevrolet
19 9 14 Clint Bowyer Rush Truck Centers 19 Running 499 Ford
20 26 95 Michael McDowell Wipes.com 17 Running 499 Chevrolet
21 6 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited 18 Running 499 Toyota
22 23 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger Click List 15 Running 498 Chevrolet
23 31 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Axalta-Ducks Unlimited 14 Running 497 Chevrolet
24 3 5 Kasey Kahne Rated Red “Road to Race Day” 13 Running 497 Chevrolet
25 24 10 Danica Patrick One Cure 12 Running 496 Ford
26 34 32 Matt DiBenedetto E.J. Wade Construction 11 Running 496 Ford
27 15 37 Chris Buescher Bush’s Grillin’ Beans 10 Running 496 Chevrolet
28 35 83 Corey LaJoie HMS Motorsport 9 Running 495 Toyota
29 17 2 Brad Keselowski AutoTrader 8 Running 493 Ford
30 30 7 JJ Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing 0 Running 493 Chevrolet
31 37 55 Gray Gaulding LaColombe Draft Latte 6 Running 488 Chevrolet
32 36 51 B.J. McLeod NEX Transportation 0 Running 482 Chevrolet
33 32 72 Cole Whitt Bad Boy Mowers 4 Running 480 Chevrolet
34 40 23 Joey Gase Best Home Furnishings 0 Running 476 Toyota
35 33 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Travel Stops 2 Accident 412 Ford
36 22 13 Ty Dillon GEICO 1 Accident 394 Chevrolet
37 28 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 1 Accident 390 Ford
38 39 15 Reed Sorenson Low T Centers 1 Mechanical 352 Toyota
39 16 3 Austin Dillon DOW Energy & Water 1 Accident 230 Chevrolet
40 38 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Hulu 1 Accident 225 Chevrolet

STANDINGS

Rank
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Martin Truex Jr.
951
Leader
4
24
10
16
1
2
Kyle Busch
850
-101
2
24
9
14
6
3
Kyle Larson
845
-106
3
24
10
14
3
4
Kevin Harvick
824
-127
1
24
8
15
3
5
Denny Hamlin
753
-198
1
24
9
13
0
6
Brad Keselowski
728
-223
2
24
11
14
2
7
Chase Elliott
711
-240
0
24
6
13
1
8
Matt Kenseth
703
-248
0
24
7
11
1
9
Jamie McMurray
700
-251
0
24
2
12
0
10
Clint Bowyer
642
-309
0
24
5
10
0
11
Jimmie Johnson
628
-323
3
24
3
7
0
12
Ryan Blaney
623
-328
1
24
3
9
1
13
Kurt Busch
586
-365
1
24
3
11
0
14
Joey Logano
583
-368
1
24
8
11
1
15
Ryan Newman
574
-377
1
24
5
9
0
16
Erik Jones
574
-377
0
24
3
9
1
17
Daniel Suarez
537
-414
0
24
1
8
0
18
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
528
-423
2
24
4
7
1
19
Trevor Bayne
470
-481
0
24
1
4
0
20
Kasey Kahne
451
-500
1
24
3
4
0
21
Austin Dillon
437
-514
1
24
2
3
0
22
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
416
-535
0
24
1
4
1
23
Paul Menard
408
-543
0
24
2
3
0
24
Ty Dillon
395
-556
0
24
0
0
0
25
Chris Buescher
387
-564
0
24
0
3
0
26
AJ Allmendinger
381
-570
0
24
1
5
0
27
Michael McDowell
378
-573
0
24
1
1
0
28
Danica Patrick
352
-599
0
24
0
1
0
29
David Ragan
303
-648
0
24
0
2
0
30
Aric Almirola
268
-683
0
17
2
3
0
31
Matt DiBenedetto
264
-687
0
24
0
2
0
32
Cole Whitt
241
-710
0
24
0
0
0
33
Landon Cassill
241
-710
0
24
0
0
0
34
Corey LaJoie
162
-789
0
21
0
0
0
35
Gray Gaulding
111
-840
0
18
0
0
0
36
Reed Sorenson
96
-855
0
18
0
0
0
37
Jeffrey Earnhardt
93
-858
0
22
0
0
0
38
Derrike Cope
30
-921
0
11
0
0
0
39
Michael Waltrip
29
-922
0
1
0
1
0
40
Billy Johnson
15
-936
0
1
0
0
0
41
Boris Said
15
-936
0
2
0
0
0
42
Gary Klutt
6
-945
0
1
0
0
0
43
Alon Day
5
-946
0
1
0
0
0
44
Stephen Leicht
5
-946
0
1
0
0
0
45
Kevin O’Connell
4
-947
0
1
0
0
0
46
Cody Ware
4
-947
0
3
0
0
0
47
Tommy Regan
3
-948
0
1
0
0
0
48
D.J. Kennington
2
-949
0
2
0
0
0
49
Brendan Gaughan
0
-951
0
3
0
1
0
50
Darrell Wallace Jr.
0
-951
0
4
0
0
0
51
Timmy Hill
0
-951
0
12
0
0
0
52
Elliott Sadler
0
-951
0
3
0
0
0
53
Ross Chastain
0
-951
0
1
0
0
0
54
Joey Gase
0
-951
0
5
0
0
0
55
Regan Smith
0
-951
0
2
0
0
0
56
JJ Yeley
0
-951
0
4
0
0
0
57
Ryan Sieg
0
-951
0
5
0
0
0
58
Carl Long
0
-951
0
1
0
0
0
59
B.J. McLeod
0
-951
0
4
0
0
0
60
Brett Moffitt
0
-951
0
2
0
0
0
61
Josh Bilicki
0
-951
0
2
0
0
0