Busch moves Larson aside to win in Bristol

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Tuesday 17th April, 2018 - 10:14am

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Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson

Kyle Busch has taken his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in a row after executing a tidy bump and run on Kyle Larson in the final stages of a rain-delayed race at Bristol.

Having been runner-up three times and third once from Rounds 3 to 6, Kyle Busch won in Texas and has now edged Larson by 0.628s in the Food City 500, while Jimmie Johnson (#48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) recorded a season-best third place.

Larson (#42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) led when the race was suspended on Sunday due to rain with 204 of 500 laps completed, and held that position for another 39 laps.

Brad Keselowski gave Larson a nudge and moved him up the race track to take over top spot on Lap 244, a manoeuvre which yielded a second stage win of the race for the #2 Team Penske Ford driver.

Denny Hamlin (#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) moved past Keselowski into first position when the final stage began but pitted two laps later with a suspected loose wheel.

Larson reclaimed the lead from Keselowski on Lap 293 but lost it on Lap 324 when he came down on Ryan Newman’s #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and was spun, triggering a Caution.

That handed the lead to Kyle Busch (#18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), from Keselowski and Larson, before they pitted under Caution when Reed Sorenson (#55 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet) hit the wall on Lap 353.

Daniel Suarez (#19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) stayed out and led briefly before Keselowski marched back in front, then Darrell Wallace Jnr (#43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet) took over on Lap 375.

Kyle Busch and Larson soon climbed back to first and second respectively before a Caution for rain on Lap 391.

On Lap 439, Larson made the pass and pulled away until Keselowski, by now a lap down due to a reported tyre issue, hit the wall at Turn 2 on Lap 471.

Larson continued to head the field out of the pits while Kyle Busch passed Ricky Stenhouse Jnr (#17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford) for second on Lap 485.

With just over five laps remaining, Larson was on the wrong end of a bump and run yet again and Kyle Busch went on to take his second win in a row at Bristol.

Stenhouse Jnr ended up fourth, from Alex Bowman (#88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), Aric Almirola (#10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), Kevin Harvick (#4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), Clint Bowyer (#14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), Joey Logano (#22 Team Penske Ford), and Newman.

Kyle Busch continues to lead the series, which continues this weekend with the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway (April 20-21 local time).

Race highlights

Results: Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 500 117 Running
2 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 500 200 Running
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 500 0 Running
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 500 0 Running
5 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 500 0 Running
6 10 Aric Almirola Ford 500 0 Running
7 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 500 0 Running
8 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 500 0 Running
9 22 Joey Logano Ford 500 1 Running
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 500 0 Running
11 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 500 5 Running
12 38 David Ragan Ford 500 0 Running
13 21 Paul Menard Ford 499 0 Running
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 499 4 Running
15 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 499 0 Running
16 43 Darrell Wallace Jnr Chevrolet 499 6 Running
17 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 499 0 Running
18 24 William Byron Chevrolet 498 0 Running
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 498 0 Running
20 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 498 0 Running
21 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 497 0 Running
22 41 Kurt Busch Ford 496 0 Running
23 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 495 67 Running
24 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 495 0 Running
25 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 494 0 Running
26 20 Erik Jones Toyota 494 0 Running
27 96 DJ Kennington Toyota 482 0 Running
28 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 475 0 Running
29 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 473 0 Running
30 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 458 0 Crash
31 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 448 0 Running
32 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 342 0 Crash
33 66 Chad Finchum Toyota 335 0 Crash
34 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 236 0 Steering
35 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 117 100 Crash
36 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 116 0 Crash
37 51 Harrison Rhodes Toyota 115 0 Crash
38 34 Michael McDowell Ford 9 0 Crash
39 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 3 0 Crash

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Pl’off pts
1 Kyle Busch 365 8 2 12
2 Joey Logano 306 -59 8 0 0
3 Kevin Harvick 290 -75 8 3 12
4 Clint Bowyer 286 -79 8 1 5
5 Brad Keselowski 271 -94 8 0 3
6 Ryan Blaney 267 -98 8 0 2
7 Martin Truex Jnr 257 -108 8 1 7
8 Denny Hamlin 252 -113 8 0 1
9 Kyle Larson 249 -116 8 0 0
10 Kurt Busch 241 -124 8 0 2
11 Aric Almirola 211 -154 8 0 0
12 Erik Jones 209 -156 8 0 0
13 Alex Bowman 190 -175 8 0 0
14 Austin Dillon 183 -182 8 1 5
15 Ryan Newman 181 -184 8 0 0
16 Paul Menard 170 -195 8 0 0
17 Jimmie Johnson 169 -196 8 0 0
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 162 -203 8 0 0
19 William Byron 154 -211 8 0 0
20 AJ Allmendinger 150 -215 8 0 0
21 Darrell Wallace Jnr 148 -217 8 0 0
22 Jamie McMurray 140 -225 8 0 0
23 Chase Elliott 136 -229 8 0 0
24 Daniel Suarez 134 -231 8 0 0
25 Chris Buescher 119 -246 8 0 0
26 David Ragan 117 -248 8 0 0
27 Michael McDowell 115 -250 8 0 0
28 Trevor Bayne 110 -255 8 0 0
29 Kasey Kahne 101 -264 8 0 0
30 Ty Dillon 95 -270 8 0 0
31 Matt DiBenedetto 91 -274 8 0 0
32 Cole Whitt 55 -310 5 0 0
33 Gray Gaulding 54 -311 8 0 0
34 DJ Kennington 38 -327 4 0 0
35 Landon Cassill 34 -331 3 0 0
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 28 -337 5 0 0
37 Harrison Rhodes 22 -343 4 0 0
38 Mark Thompson 15 -350 1 0 0
39 Corey LaJoie 14 -351 3 0 0
40 Reed Sorenson 14 -351 3 0 0
41 Brendan Gaughan 9 -356 1 0 0
42 Danica Patrick 2 -363 1 0 0
43 Justin Marks 0 -365 1 0 0
44 David Gilliland 0 -365 1 0 0
45 Ross Chastain 0 -365 7 0 0
46 Cole Custer 0 -365 1 0 0
47 JJ Yeley 0 -365 1 0 0
48 Joey Gase 0 -365 1 0 0
49 Timmy Hill 0 -365 2 0 0
50 Chad Finchum 0 -365 1 0 0

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