Kurt Busch wins NASCAR night race

Mat Coch

Sunday 19th August, 2018 - 1:56pm

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Kurt Busch has won NASCAR’s Saturday night race at the Bristol Motor Speedway to book his place in the series’ play-offs.

Busch moved into the lead at the restart on lap 478, moving by Clint Bowyer following a spin for Brad Keselowski.

Bowyer chose the outside lane at the restart, with Busch able to get the jump and seize the lead as the field headed down the back stretch.

Another restart saw Bowyer demoted behind Kyle Larson just 10 laps later, though even he couldn’t keep pace with Busch out front.

The victory confirmed Busch’s position in NASCAR’s post-season, while Larson, Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney were also confirmed as a result of insurmountable points totals.

Kyle Busch had a remarkable race following a wreck on Lap 2, and was running inside the Top 5 in the closing stages of the race before a cut tyre dropped him back down the order.

Having worked his way back onto the lead lap, contact with Martin Truex saw the second placed runner spin on the front straight, suffering extensive damage in the process.

Busch then had his own spin with 19 laps to run after contact with Chris Buescher which left him with a damaged tyre.

Earlier, the opening stage went to Blaney, with Joey Logano heading the field as the chequered flag came out for the second stage.

Logano ended the race fourth, one back from Chase Elliott, with Eric Jones, Bowyer, Blaney, Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson, and Kevin Harvick completing the top 10.

Results: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Bristol Motor Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 41 Kurt Busch Ford 500 24 Running
2 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 500 17 Running
3 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 500 112 Running
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 500 95 Running
5 20 Erik Jones Toyota 500 0 Running
6 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 500 120 Running
7 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 500 121 Running
8 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 500 0 Running
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 500 0 Running
10 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 500 8 Running
11 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 500 0 Running
12 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 500 1 Running
13 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 500 0 Running
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 500 0 Running
15 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 500 0 Running
16 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 499 0 Running
17 38 David Ragan Ford 499 0 Running
18 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 499 0 Running
19 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 499 0 Running
20 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 497 0 Running
21 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 496 0 Running
22 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 496 0 Running
23 24 William Byron Chevrolet 496 0 Running
24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 495 0 Running
25 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 493 0 Running
26 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 492 0 Running
27 23 Blake Jones Toyota 485 0 Running
28 66 Timmy Hill Toyota 481 0 Running
29 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 435 0 Running
30 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 431 0 Crash
31 10 Aric Almirola Ford 428 2 Running
32 7 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 423 0 Crash
33 51 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 338 0 Crash
34 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 234 0 Electrical
35 96 Jesse Little Toyota 59 0 Crash
36 21 Paul Menard Ford 28 0 Crash
37 34 Michael McDowell Ford 10 0 Crash
38 43 Bubba Wallace Chevrolet 3 0 Crash
39 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 1 0 Crash
40 99 Gray Gaulding Chevrolet 1 0 Crash

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Playoff pts
1 Kyle Busch 1003 24 6 35
2 Kevin Harvick 960 -43 24 7 40
3 Martin Truex Jnr 849 -154 24 4 27
4 Kurt Busch 796 -207 24 1 7
5 Clint Bowyer 776 -227 24 2 10
6 Joey Logano 768 -235 24 1 8
7 Ryan Blaney 733 -270 24 0 5
8 Brad Keselowski 730 -273 24 0 4
9 Kyle Larson 729 -274 24 0 0
10 Denny Hamlin 707 -296 24 0 2
11 Chase Elliott 697 -306 24 1 8
12 Aric Almirola 658 -345 24 0 1
13 Erik Jones 635 -368 24 1 5
14 Jimmie Johnson 604 -399 24 0 0
15 Alex Bowman 572 -431 24 0 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 493 -510 24 0 2
17 Ryan Newman 481 -522 24 0 0
18 Daniel Suarez 479 -524 24 0 0
19 Austin Dillon 475 -528 24 1 5
20 Paul Menard 473 -530 24 0 1
21 William Byron 442 -561 24 0 0
22 Jamie McMurray 434 -569 24 0 0
23 Chris Buescher 380 -623 24 0 0
24 AJ Allmendinger 376 -627 24 0 1
25 David Ragan 349 -654 24 0 0
26 Bubba Wallace 346 -657 24 0 0
27 Kasey Kahne 345 -658 24 0 0
28 Michael McDowell 344 -659 24 0 0
29 Ty Dillon 310 -693 24 0 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 266 -737 24 0 0
31 Trevor Bayne 214 -789 16 0 0
32 Landon Cassill 123 -880 17 0 0
33 Gray Gaulding 118 -885 19 0 0
34 Matt Kenseth 117 -886 8 0 0
35 Cole Whitt 90 -913 10 0 0
36 DJ Kennington 82 -921 7 0 0
37 Corey LaJoie 79 -924 14 0 0
38 Jeffrey Earnhardt 70 -933 9 0 0
39 Reed Sorenson 45 -958 10 0 0
40 Harrison Rhodes 23 -980 5 0 0
41 Blake Jones 21 -982 3 0 0
42 Kyle Weatherman 16 -987 3 0 0
43 Mark Thompson 15 -988 1 0 0
44 Chris Cook 6 -997 1 0 0
45 Tomy Drissi 5 -998 1 0 0
46 Derrike Cope 4 -999 2 0 0
47 Danica Patrick 2 -1001 1 0 0
48 Cody Ware 1 -1002 2 0 0
49 Brendan Gaughan 0 -1003 3 0 0
50 Justin Marks 0 -1003 2 0 0
51 David Gilliland 0 -1003 1 0 0
52 Ray Black Jnr 0 -1003 1 0 0
53 Ross Chastain 0 -1003 22 0 0
54 JJ Yeley 0 -1003 7 0 0
55 Parker Kligerman 0 -1003 3 0 0
56 Timothy Peters 0 -1003 1 0 0
57 Cole Custer 0 -1003 2 0 0
58 Joey Gase 0 -1003 3 0 0
59 Timmy Hill 0 -1003 11 0 0

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